3 Nov 2023 16:31

Ukraine might liberalize grain transportation by rail in Nov - Ukrainian Railways

MOSCOW. Nov 3 (Interfax) - The Ukrainian national railway company Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railway, or UZ) expects the official publication of Order No. 8 by the Ministry for the Development of Communities, Territories, and Infrastructure easing the requirements to be met in transporting freights, particularly grain, by rail, Valery Tkachev, deputy director of UZ's department for commerce, said at a meeting with grain business representatives on Thursday.

"Eleven sections of the freight acceptance rules will be cancelled. Freight acceptance will be significantly facilitated and simplified. The shipper will be able to determine independently which rolling stock to use to transport the freight, and much more," Ukrainian media quoted Tkachev's statement.

The document will eliminate extra fees for transportation in special conditions while transporting grain by a rolling stock not specifically equipped for this or while transporting containers with an external door on platforms, he said.

The Ukrainian Justice Ministry registered Order No. 8 on October 19, 2023. UZ expects the documents to be published and take effect on November 20.