Interview With MTBS Director Steven Bouckaert

In an exclusive interview with CFTS, the director of the Dutch financial and advisory firm MTBS, Steven Bouckaert, talks about the prospects of the Ukrainian port industry, improvement of its investment climate, and investments at a time of financial instability.

The New Law For Ukrainian Railways: Five Key Aspects

The draft law on railways that was published for debate includes several revolutionary aspects. For example, it provides for creation of private locomotive traction and equal access to infrastructure. This is because of the need for the law to meet the standards of the European Union.

Interview With Dmytro Kiva: the Antonov State Enterprise’s Plans in Poland

In an interview with the Polish portal, the Antonov state aircraft manufacturing enterprise’s General Designer Dmytro Kiva discusses cooperation with Poland and the prospects of the Russian aircraft manufacturing industry.

Meet Newcastlemax: the Benefits of Working with Large-Tonnage Vessels at Ukrainian Ports

The latest achievement at the Yuzhny port a Newcastlemax-class was loaded at berth. How does this affect the revenue of the Administration of Seaports of Ukraine (ASU) and how can stevedores and cargo owners benefit from the use of such "maritime heavyweights?"

Why Ukrzaliznytsia Decided To Restructure Its Debts

Head of Advisory at CFTS-Consulting Andrii Shkliar comments the Ukrzaliznytsia's decision to restructure its debts.

Interview with Brooklyn-Kiev: the Prosecutor's Office is Lobbying for the Interests of our Competitors

In a candid interview with CFTS, Yurii Hubankov, the general director of Brooklyn-Kiev, one of the biggest private stevedoring companies in Ukraine, explains why his company is in the crosshairs of the prosecutor’s office, who is behind it, and the tools for protecting the company’s business in Ukraine

Infrustructure trap in Ukraine: where is the log-out?

Director оf Centre for transport strategies Serhiy Vovk talk about infrastructure problems in Ukraine at symposium "Ukraine: Escape from Post-Soviet Legacy". The most problematic zone of high importance for Ukrainian economy is railway, thinks expert.

War Rail Express: How Passenger Trains are Launched in the Occupied Part of the Donbass

The Lugansk-Yasinovataya train, the first regular passenger train in the occupied part of the Donbass, covers 150 kilometers in six hours. Conductors in Ukrzaliznytsia uniform serve few passengers. Anti-mine platforms are in front of the locomotive.

Without Wizz Air: What Forced the Only Low-Cost Airline in Ukraine to Withdraw from the Market

The Ukrainian subsidiary of the Wizz Air Hungary budget airline is ending operations on the eve of the tourist season. Apparently, investors fear for their investments because they see no improvement in Ukraine, and they are hastily evacuating their assets from the country.

Interview with Freightliner PL: the Litmus Test Will be the Development of the Existing Operators in Ukraine

Konstantin Skorik, the head of the Polish division of the British rail operator Freightliner, discusses reform of Ukrzaliznytsia and the conditions under which his company will enter the Ukrainian market in an exclusive interview with CFTS.

How to Improve Agro-Logistics: Determining the Sore Spots

CFTS Consulting was a consultant on the World Bank’s project involving preparation of an action plan on elimination of the negative factors in agro-logistics for the government. The company’s lead expert Andrii Shkliar discusses the results of the first phase of the project.

Evolution Or Revolution On the Railways: Polish and Ukrainian Experts Discuss Which is Better

Should private companies be granted access to railway infrastructure in Ukraine? The European Union once forced Poland to do this. The Polish now believe that competition on the railways has justified itself. Ukrainians agree with this only partially.

Will Private Traction Come to the Aid of Ukrzaliznytsia?

The state of the locomotive fleet is approaching a critical point, but there is no money for modernization at Ukrzaliznytsia. We attempt to find out the conditions under which private capital can be used to upgrade traction rolling stock in Ukraine

How to Improve Control Procedures in Ports: a Recipe from the European Union

The European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) has prepared a set of recommendations on improving border management and reducing opportunities for corruption in the Odessa and Ilyichevsk seaports. What will Ukrainian regulatory authorities have to do?

Interview with the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure: How Ukrzaliznytsia Will Be Reformed

Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kava on future reform of Ukrzaliznytsia, the State Railway Agency, and plans for electrification of tracks and development of high-speed passenger service in an exclusive interview with the CFTS

Eight Key Points from the Final Press Conference by the Odessa Port Administration’s Head

The head of the Odessa port administration, Mykhailo Sokolov, admits that the rates of port charges are several times higher than the rates at European ports. At the same time, he opposes reduction of the charges. Why? Read his last press conference.

Interview with the Head of Hermes-Trading: Dnieper Will Generate Billions in Revenues

In an in an exclusive interview with the CFTS portal, the Hermes-Trading grain trading company’s General Director Yurii Skichko discusses how the dredging of the River Dnieper will benefit the economy and why the revival of the Dnieper-Vistula route is beneficial to his company.

Corruption In Ukrzaliznytsia: the Problems Shippers are Encountering in the State Monopoly’s Operations

One of the long-standing problems in the railway industry is inefficient use of the fleet of freight cars, which leads one to suspect the State Railway Administration (Ukrzaliznytsia) of corruption. What are the issues of concern to shippers and private operators, and what does the new leadership in the freight transport need to do?

Lessons from the European Union: the Secret of the Success of Polish Manufacturers of Rolling Stock

In partnership with the Polish consulting company ZDG TOR, the CFTS portal begins publishing a series of articles on the experience of successful adaptation of the Polish railway market to the European Union’s conditions. In the first article, find out why Polish train manufacturers are feeling confident even in Western Europe.

Western Money: Can the Ukrainian Transport Industry Count on Financial Assistance from the EU?

The West is in no hurry to launch a Marshall Plan for Ukraine. The first "donor" conference on this issue will be held only in January. If the money is provided, then transport infrastructure will be a priority.