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15 Trucks Stranded, Turned Back at Lethem/Bonfim Border

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23rd of December, 2020. Region 9, Guyana, South America.

Last updated: December 23, 2020 at 12:27 pm

This publication has received information that 15 trucks loaded with merchandise, some with perishable goods, were stranded and made to turn back at the Guyana/Brazil border near to Lethem this morning. This was due to the retraction of a scheduled border opening which failed to execute due to poor planning, communication breakdown and poor consultation with the requisite stakeholders.

According to information received, a letter, dated 21st of December and addressed to the Chairman of the RDC of Region 9, stated that the border would be opened on the 23rd and 24th of December to facilitate the importation of merchandise from Brazil. Acting on this information, a number of businessmen seized the opportunity to load their trucks and drive to the border in anticipation of being able to cross.

Unfortunately, this move was met with frustration as the businessmen were informed that the scheduled opening for today had been cancelled. On the evening of December, 22nd, the RDC of Region 9 had published a notice via its Facebook Page that the scheduled border opening for today, December 23rd, had been cancelled.

The cancellation of the border opening was reportedly attributed in part to a shortage of personnel to work at the border today as well as other factors mentioned above.

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