4 Jul 2022 19:09

Monthly 20% growth of export-import turnover possible with Polish, Romanian support - Ukraine's infrastructure minister

MOSCOW. July 4 (Interfax) - With its seaports blocked, Ukraine constantly strives to increase its exports and imports through its western land border and ports on the Danube, and is ready to keep the pace of such increase at 20% or even more, with the assistance, primarily from Poland and Romania, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said.

"We can retain such pace. But that will depend on how much that pace will be supported by our Polish and Romanian colleagues," Kubrakov told Ukrainian journalists on the sidelines of the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Lugano, Switzerland on Monday.

Poland does more and Romania less to support such Ukrainian efforts; however, this work continues, he said.

He cited as example the recent expansion of the Korczowa-Krakovets border crossing to ten lanes for trucks from the previous four, and with additional pavilions for customs and passport control, he said.

At the same time, the minister struggled to give the monthly figure for export/import trade achieved to date.

The expansion of export/import logistic capacities is one of the important elements of Ukraine's recovery plan, due to be unveiled in Lugano on Monday, he said.

It was reported that in June 2022 Ukraine's grain exports stood at 1.41 million tonnes, up from 1.2 million in May. Before February 24, grain exports via ports stood at 4-5 million tonnes.