The transport corridors go round and skip Macedonia and thus the local railways suffer huge loss, Focus News Agency reports. According to unofficial data, almost all freight containers coming from West European countries are redirected to Bulgaria due to the delays that occur at the Macedonian borders.
These are containers loaded with goods and they reach the Macedonian-Serbian border through the railway network and have to be directed to Greece.
The customs service commented there is no delay at the borders but the possible reason for the freights to be redirected could be the stepped-up customs control.
Macedonian customs director, Vanco Kargov, said that very often the customs control detects unregistered goods – for instance, instead of cookies and paper, as stated, the containers contain tobacco. According to him, the freight could pass through the Bulgarian border if local authorities allow it.