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Reconnecting Trade Routes: Ukraine-Poland Rail Transit for Agricultural Exports Resumes

Reconnecting Trade Routes: Ukraine-Poland Rail Transit for Agricultural Exports Resumes
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26 / 04 / 2023

JSC Ukrainian Railways has resumed the transportation of Ukrainian agricultural products for export by rail for transit through Poland, which had been suspended since 15 April.

Ukrainian Railways announced the resumption of export transit transportation of Ukrainian agricultural goods via rail through Poland. The company received the notification to lift restrictions on these transportations from Polish carrier PKP Cargo on April 21, 2023, following an order from the Polish Minister of Development and Technology, Waldemar Buda.

Ukrainian Railways also stated that the restrictive conventions on certain cargo transit to Poland, introduced on April 17 in response to an appeal by Polish railway operators PKP Cargo and PKP LHS, would soon be lifted.

Ukrzaliznytsia expressed appreciation for the decision to remove restrictions on agricultural cargo movement from Ukraine through Poland and is coordinating with shippers to manage traffic and reduce congestion at border crossings. However, the issue of 3,000 wagons carrying Ukrainian agricultural products, loaded and accepted for transportation before the Polish carriers introduced the conventional ban, remains unresolved.

Previously, it was reported that Poland would increase the number of ports for the transit of Ukrainian agricultural products by adding KoĊ‚obrzeg. Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Romania have prohibited imports of Ukrainian agricultural products but permitted transit. The majority of Ukrainian cargo is sent to Baltic Sea ports in Poland and Germany and Black Sea ports in Romania and Bulgaria.

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