Vegetable Prices in Turkey Drop over Permit Dispute with Bulgaria
Turkey's domestic market has been flooded with fruit and vegetable due to the export obstructions resulting from a dispute with Bulgaria over transit traffic permits.
The price of tomatoes registered a twofold decrease and prices of other fruit and vegetable also fell, according to reports of Sega daily.
According to the Chair of Turkey's Fruit and Vegetables Exporters Union, tens of Turkish TIR trucks have been blocked at the Bulgarian border due to the dispute over transit traffic permits.
In his words, the TIR trucks are mostly carrying fruit and vegetables earmarked for European countries and they will start going bad if the crisis continues.
He insists that the production value of the goods is undermined and producers are suffering great losses as a result of the predicament.
The Union has sent a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisting that the crisis with transport across the Bulgarian-Turkish border be resolved, according to the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR).
Turkey's Doğan News Agency informs that Bulgarian customs officers have started selling transit traffic permits illegally to Turkish truck drivers, the price of such a document allegedly reaching EUR 1600.
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