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Szijjártó: Temporary border closures could hurt exports

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If the “migration pressure” causes a “fracture” in the “Schengen system”, trust in the area will drop and the performance of Hungarian companies abroad could be threatened, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said at the Export conference organized by daily Világgazdaság today in Budapest, Hungarian news agency MTI said.

Szijjártó said that the temporary border closure between countries could pose logistical difficulties for delivery companies working with “just-in-time systems”, as delivery times can multiply while waiting at borders.

Reuters reported this morning that Croatia banned entry to Serbian citizens and cars, after Serbia banned Croatian cargo traffic in a “growing dispute over the huge flow of migrants across their joint border”.

After Hungary finished the construction of a “temporary” wire fence on the Serbian border, refugees previously entering Hungary through Serbia modified their routes and now travel through Croatia to enter Hungary.

Earlier the Hungarian Road Haulage Association said it would turn to the European Commission to inquire about compensation for losses caused by the closure of the Hungarian-Serbian border. 

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