The main Polish railway carrier PKP Cargo considers the veterinary control at the border as the main challenge for the transportation of agricultural products from Ukraine.

Ukrainian goods transportation improvement

In turn, the operator of the wide gauge line PKP Linia Hutnicza Szerokotorowa (PKP LHS) reports that not all of the company’s transshipment capacities have been activated yet. This is stated in the response of the press service of PKP SA to the information request from Rail.insider, reports the railway magazine Railway Supply.

“The Polish State Railways, as a company coordinating international cooperation in the PKP group, is in constant contact with the Ukrainian Railways and the relevant state administration services and analyzes the situation at the border on an ongoing basis and tries to introduce additional solutions to facilitate the maintenance of passenger and freight traffic in this way in order to make better use of the available resources – infrastructure (including terminals) and rolling stock,” said PKP SA spokesman Michal Stilger.

He informed that PKP Cargo and PKP LHS, as well as their subsidiaries and other related organizational units, are responsible for the technical side of freight transport services in the PKP group.

“From the point of view of PKP Cargo, a big challenge with the increase in grain traffic is the checking by veterinary services at the border. This follows from the existing procedures – without the consent of these services, a cargo of grain or other agricultural products, regardless of its size, cannot enter the territory of Poland,” said Michal Stilger.

He also stressed that PKP LHS is in constant round-the-clock communication with representatives of Ukrzaliznytsia regarding the current situation and transportation planning.

“It should be emphasized that the accumulation of cargo in Western Ukraine was the result of the redirection of all shipments previously carried out by sea to the railway, as well as cargo that are in port warehouses, as a result of the war,” the press service of the group of companies noted. – PKP LHS has places adapted for the efficient reloading of these goods, as well as a permanent base of partners providing road or rail rolling stock for subsequent transportation after reloading from wide track wagons. The capacities of all transshipment terminals have not been fully utilized yet.”

The press service of PKP SA recalled that at the end of April, the head of the Polish government, Mateusz Morawiecki and Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Szmihal signed a memorandum on strengthening cooperation in the railway industry, during a meeting in Krakow. “This initiative meets the needs of Ukraine in the field of cargo transportation due to the blocking of ports by the Russian aggressor. It will also become a tool to support the mutually beneficial economic development of both countries,” the parties noted.

Recall that now a big problem in the transportation of Ukrainian goods to the EU countries is the presence of queues at the border. As of May 4, more than 30 000 wagons were heading towards the western border crossings.

The largest accumulation was traditionally observed at the Ukrainian-Polish crossing Izov-Grubieszow (almost 10 thousand wagons). The queue here reached 19 days. To prevent further accumulation of rolling stock, UZ introduced a number of conventions.

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