Turkey, Russia agree to lift curbs on shipments by truck

Turkey and Russia have agreed to lift some time restrictions on the import and export of goods across their borders, the Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency said at the weekend.

Some delays on ground transport will be ended, including how many days truck drivers wait at the border, Russia’s Transport Ministry said in a written statement, according to Anadolu. The decision followed a telephone call between Russian Transport Minister Yevgeny Ditrikh and his Turkish counterpart Adil Karaismailoglu, Anadolu said.

Turkey relies on road routes to sell most of its exported goods to Russia, which include fresh fruit and vegetables. The vast majority of Russian exports are in natural gas, which Turkey relies on for much of its energy consumption needs.

The Turkish government is seeking to boost trade with key exporting partners to help alleviate deficits in its current account, which have resurfaced during the COVID-19 outbreak as imports outpaced exports.