More than 500 Turkish truck drivers stopped their engines at Kapikule border gate inside Turkey for 6 hours on Tuesday to protest Bulgaria that started to charge 271 USD of shipping fee per vehicle for crossing the border.
The cost of this fee for Turkish carriers was about 100 million USD a year, International Transporters' Association (UND) said.
"However, its impact on the sector would be much more," UND chairman Tamer Dincsahin told reporters.
He said Turkish transporters faced unfair competition practices and these practices could lead to a chain reaction.
"Industrial enterprises could be closed down, Turkey could have difficulties in drawing investments and finally employment could be affected," Dincsahin said.
UND-member shipping companies, with 45,000 vehicles, have 5 billion USD of investments, employ 400,000 people and carry 53 percent of Turkish exports, Dincsahin said.