ArmInfo. Currently there is no gathering of trucks on the Upper Lars checkpoint, the press office of the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture has told ArmInfo.
Armenian Deputy Minister of Agriculture Robert Makaryan said that on the first day of closure of the checkpoint, there were nearly 120-130 trucks there. They have already headed for Batumi and Poti ports. "The process of export of Armenian agricultural products has not stopped. There were some difficulties, which have already been
settled," he said.
Earlier, it was reported that the first 55 trucks laden with fresh vegetables and fruits had left Poti for Novorossiysk by ferry. The press office of the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture reported that the ferries operate once every two days in both directions. To recall, Spayka LLC has rented three ferries to ensure nonstop export of agricultural products of Armenia due to the closure of the Upper Lars checkpoint. The Armenian Ministry of Agriculture urges Armenian producers to use an alternative route until the situation at the Upper Lars checkpoint is stabilized.
"The ferry service is the only way out of the current situation with the smallest losses," Makaryan said. He noted that the fare for 1 truck is 1 thsd USD. It is the minimum price reached as a result of negotiations.
"Negotiations are being held with the processing enterprises to help the farmers sell the products, which cannot be exported or sold on the local market," he said.
To note, the only overland road linking Armenia to Russia lies through the Upper Lars checkpoint on the Russian-Georgian border.