The government will stimulate the establishment of joint railway checkpoints on Ukraine’s border with neighboring EU countries to speed up Ukrainian exporters’ logistics.

Ukraine’s First Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Economy Yulia Svyrydenko stated this during a meeting with representatives of the metallurgical industry, which was attended by the management of the Ukrainian railways joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia), the CFTS portal reports, citing the Ministry of Economy.

"The government continues to work with neighboring EU countries to create joint border railway checkpoints. Simultaneous performance of customs checks by two sides should speed up the logistics of exporting Ukrainian goods to the European Union. We are also negotiating with Poland to increase the number of officials performing phytosanitary checks at the border. Although this applies only to agricultural products, a more efficient registration of such cargoes should speed up the entire cross-border rail freight logistics for Ukrainian cargoes," she said.

The issues of tariff reform and prioritization of logistics between different types of cargoes were also raised at the meeting.

"I want to emphasize that agricultural and metallurgical products hardly compete with each other currently. Regarding the increase of logistical capabilities, we should open two additional railway crossings [on the border] with Romania by the end of November. This will increase the possibility of deliveries to the port of Constanta," Ukrzaliznytsia’s head Oleksandr Kamyshin said.

They also discussed changes in the tariff policy of Ukrzaliznytsia and agreed to continue the dialogue on this issue.