Poland considers construction of new grain terminal for Ukrainian export
Moving the Ukrainian grain via the Polish ports and railway network is still one of the most crucial issues for the bilateral relations between the two countries. To support and increase the freight volumes originating from Ukraine, the Government of Poland is regarding the possibility of constructing a new grain terminal on its territory.
The grain export via Poland was the key topic at the first meeting of the Interministerial Team for the Transport of Agricultural and Food Products from Ukraine, which consists of several officials from both countries. The event took place in Warsaw on Wednesday, 6 July. “Cereals are a critical product in counteracting the vision of hunger in Africa and Arab countries. We are committed to helping Ukraine with exports. For this purpose, we must consider various solutions and look for new opportunities,” said stressed Henryk Kowalczyk, Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister and the minister of agriculture and rural development. In this regard, one of the possible solutions is to construct a new grain terminal in Poland. It will have a storage area of around 100,000 square metres. The other details of the planned facility have not been disclosed.
Tackling break of gauge
Another solution to enhance the export freight traffic from Ukraine via Poland is to tackle the break of gauge. This could be achieved by more intensive use of the Ukraine-owned wagon bogies by the Polish railway undertaking. “It is important to improve rail transport for 15 trainsets based on bogies that Ukrainians have so that it is possible to transport grain directly in Ukrainian wagons to the port in Gdańsk,” added Henryk Kowalczyk.
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