Export of agricultural products to the EU: more grain carriers and transport corridors are needed

For stable export of agricultural products from Ukraine to Europe, it is necessary to increase the number of grain carriers and open new logistics corridors.

According to Ukrinform, following the results of the second meeting of the logistics platform within the framework of the “Roads of Solidarity” initiative said Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine for Digital Development, Digital Transformations and Digitalization Denis Bashlyk.

According to him, the European Union, among other things, should implement programs to support producers of grain carriers.

“Such an incentive for domestic producers will significantly improve the situation with agricultural exports. In addition, the amount of funding for such assistance is much less compared to the economic consequences that limited Ukrainian exports can lead to. At the very least, we are talking about rising food prices and the likely social discontent of the population EU countries,” Bashlyk stressed.

He added that now almost half of the grain exported from Ukraine is transported along the Danube to the Romanian port of Constanta. At the same time, there is a lack of infrastructure and administrative capacity.

‚ÄúPorts have limited capacity as there are not enough barges, berths and terminals. This is a significant challenge that still needs to be coordinated and streamlined by existing supply chains, establishing new routes to ensure that delays are minimized as much as possible. new harvest and temporary storage of Ukrainian exports,” the deputy minister stated.

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As reported, in May, the European Commission presented an action plan to create “Roads of Solidarity” – a set of measures that will help Ukraine export agricultural products, and Europe to receive Ukrainian food.

The next meeting of the initiative was chaired by Deputy Director General of the European Commission Maja Barkan Marchic. Representatives of relevant divisions of the EC, EU member states (Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary), Moldova, as well as European business are invited to participate.

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