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Transport: updated situation in different countries, 16 March 2020

From Confindustria Emilia, 16 March 2020

Austria

The Austrian Association AISOE informs that due to the current situation, in Tyrol the ban on normal weekends for heavy vehicles (Saturday from 15:00 to Sunday at 22:00) is suspended from Saturday 14 March to 29 March 2020 included. Furthermore, the dosage measures foreseen for heavy vehicles in Tyrol, on March 16, 2020, will not take place. The remaining traffic restrictions remain in force (night ban, sectoral ban, per euro class). Health checks are planned at the border with Italy.

Croatia

Restrictive measures have been adopted (ban on entry, refoulement at the border, mandatory quarantine, health checks) against people from Italy on the land border with Slovenia, where ad hoc containers have been set up for mobile epidemiological units. In addition, all citizens from Italian territory will be subject to a 14-day compulsory quarantine in a structure identified from time to time by the Croatian authorities. The restrictive measures could be changed at short notice.

Slovenia

The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia has issued a decree, which entered into force on 11.03.2020, which establishes the conditions for entry of people into Slovenia from Italy. Six checkpoints have been established in the border area of ​​road links with the Italian Republic, at the following border crossings: Fusine / Rateče, Stupizza / Robič, Sant’Andrea / Vrtojba, Fernetti / Fernetiči, Pese / Krvavi potok, Rabuiese / Škofije.

A ban on the entry of 3.5 ton freight vehicles from Italy (except for those with a Slovenian license plate) was also made, with the exception of loads destined for Slovenia and medical and basic necessities destined for third countries.

France

There are no reported restrictions on the international carriage of goods by road. However, the situation is evolving and could change rapidly as a consequence of the spread of the epidemic in France.

Switzerland

Following the spread, also in Switzerland, of cases of COVID-19, the Swiss authorities have communicated that the borders will remain open but that pre-Schengen controls are reintroduced. An entry ban has been provided for people who come from Italy, as a risk area, with the only exceptions of returning Swiss citizens, foreigners who have a Swiss residence permit and frontier workers. The latter will therefore be able to continue to pass, subject to border controls. For the compatriots in transit in Switzerland there is currently no restriction by the federal authorities. Further restrictions could be adopted in the future.

Hungary

The Hungarian road haulage association MKFE has informed that the Hungarian government has introduced yesterday a generalized exemption for goods transport vehicles of mass exceeding 7.5 t. who enter the country.

Germany

In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, the German authorities invite all those who are in the country and who in the last 14 days have come into contact with people whose coronavirus infection is proven to immediately contact the competent telephone health authorities, regardless of the onset of symptoms. Those who traveled in the areas considered to be at risk, including Italy, during the same period, are invited to stay as a precaution at their home and avoid unnecessary contact with other people.

The areas considered at risk are those classified as such by the Robert Koch Institut, which can be consulted here. To these are added Switzerland and Austria. The German health authorities themselves stress that these are non-binding recommendations and voluntary self-isolation.

There are no restrictions on the international carriage of goods by road.

Spain

There are no reported restrictions on the international carriage of goods by road.

In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Spanish authorities on March 10, 2020, decreed the suspension of direct flights from Italy to Spain, starting from March 11 and until March 25. It should be noted that for Italian citizens who have to reach their destination for proven work needs, situations of need, health reasons or to return to their home, home or residence, as required by the Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers of 9 March, Grandi Navi Veloci provides departures on March 18 and 25 from Barcelona to Genoa.

For assistance, the Italian Embassy in Madrid can be reached through the dedicated email address: madrid.coronavirus@esteri.it.

Those who are in Catalonia, Valencia, Aragon and Murcia and need assistance can contact the Consulate General of Italy in Barcelona through the dedicated e-mail address: barcelona.coronavirus@esteri.it: the following numbers have also been activated telephone: Amb. Madrid: +34.608664867 (9-16 hours); +34.608914128 (9-16 hours); +34.639484118 (13-20 hours); +34.650419164 (15.30-20 hours); CG Barcelona: +34.934677973 (9-20 hours).

The provision that provides for a generalized derogation from Articles 6 to 9 of Regulation 561/2006 (daily and weekly driving and rest times and breaks) was published in the Spanish Official Gazette on March 14 from 30 March for 30 days. The rule applies to transport operations carried out in whole or in part in areas of Spain considered to be at risk of contagion.

Czech Republic

It declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus epidemic. Among the measures adopted, citizens from epidemiological risk countries, including Italy, are prohibited from entering the Czech Republic. Starting from midnight on Friday 13/03/2020, special measures were introduced at the borders with Austria and Germany: access to foreigners from Germany and Austria is denied.

Slovakia

Temporary border checks will be carried out in Slovakia at all border points, with the exception of Poland, from Friday 13/03/2020. Country access restrictions: only people with permanent or temporary residence in Slovakia and Slovak passport holders can enter the country. Drivers of the transport of goods must use FFP2 or FFP3 masks when loading and unloading the goods, they must limit direct contact with the staff as much as possible and on board the vehicle they must have rubber gloves for their use and antibacterial gel to wash the hands regularly.

Denmark

The Danish ITD association has informed that Denmark has taken border control measures, but there is a derogation for the transport of goods.

Poland

The WHO declaration which classifies COVID-19 as a “pandemic” is leading to the adoption of restrictive measures (suspension of air traffic, ban on entry, refoulement at the border, mandatory quarantine, health checks) by all countries the world, with little or no notice.

There are no reported restrictions on the international carriage of goods.

Serbia

A statement from the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces the introduction of a derogation for road hauliers from entering Serbia. The restrictive measures in force for other citizens do not apply to drivers of motor vehicles for the transport of goods during the international transport of goods on the road network.

In the case of international transport of goods in transit on the road network, the derogation is valid for a period of not more than 12 hours from the moment of entry into the territory of the Republic of Serbia.

Moldova

Following the spread of Covid-19, the Moldovan authorities have adopted preventive measures. Those who experience symptoms upon entering the country will be tested and admitted to specialized health institutions. In the case of cough, fever, runny nose or breathing difficulties, it is recommended to contact the emergency number 112 or the Clinical Hospital for Infectious Diseases “Toma Ciorba” of Chisinau at 022/242480.

With the Prime Minister’s decree, the decision to close the border “in some places” (both on the Moldovan border and on the Ukrainian border) is announced, which will then be identified. International road and rail traffic is also interrupted. For more information, refer to the Green Line activated by the National Agency for Public Health of the Republic of Moldova, which can be contacted on 080012300.

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