With average waiting times on border crossing points of around 30 minutes, freight traffic between the countries in the Western Balkans and the EU was mostly unhindered. In most cases, the border crossing procedure took 40 minutes, while the procedure took under 20 minutes for some 40 percent of the freight traffic.
The situation on Horgos (Serbia-Hungary) and Batrovci (Serbia-Croatia) crossings, where waiting times for freight traffic go up to three hours, has significantly affected average wating times of more than an hour for around 17 percent of freight traffic.
Passenger traffic hasn’t had a significant impact on waiting times, apart from sporadic rush hours. The underlying causes of longer waiting times are linked to the overall freight traffic volume, limited number of trucks-dedicated lanes, and border agencies cooperation/procedures.
Freight traffic volumes and waiting times keeps showing certain weekly patterns, with more intense traffic being recorded from Sunday to Tuesday from Western Balkans towards EU Member States. Such trend is highly visible at Bosnia and Herzegovina – Croatia border (Gradiska and Bosanski Samac) but also at Serbia-Croatia (Batrovci) and Serbia-Hungary (Horgos) crossings.
Also, freight transport volume in all Bosnia and Herzegovina border crossing points is on a declining pace.
Since the adoption of the Green Corridors Joint proposal prepared by TCT Permanent Secretariat and CEFTA Secretariat, the TCT Permanent Secretariat has been monitoring the freight transport in the Western Balkans in close cooperation with the relevant authorities and making use of all available information sources.
Complete July 2020 report from the TCT Permanent Secretariat: