To prevent hunger in the world, Ukraine partially redirects grain exports to river ports – Minister Kubrakov

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To prevent hunger in the world Ukraine partially redirects grain exports to river ports. This was stated by Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov:

“Today, together with the Prime Minister Denis Shmygal and the head of the Odessa Regional Military Administration visited the largest Ukrainian Danube ports – Izmail and Reni.

Russia’s blockade of seaports has already endangered hundreds of millions of lives. To prevent world hunger and to allow our agrarians to export their products, we have partially redirected logistics to river ports.

The results of this work are already evident – since March, the transshipment of all commodity groups in Danube ports has increased 3.7 times – up to 1.4 million tons in June. At the same time, we are developing the auxiliary railway infrastructure to increase the export potential of the ports.

To attract European investments into development of the Danube ports we’re working with the EU on inclusion of the Ukrainian part of the Danube into the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).

Also thanks to liberation of Snake Island by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, we were able to open the mouth of the Bystre of the Danube-Black Sea shipping lane for the entry and exit of ships carrying agricultural products.

However, the export capacity of the Danube ports, rail and road transport is not enough to fully replace the sea ports. That is why the priority of the President’s team remains the unblocking of seaports,” Kubrakov noted.