The Lemtrans company, the largest private railway operator in Ukraine, has opened a terminal on the Ukrainian-Polish border jointly with its partners this year.
Lemtrans announced this in a statement after the head of the company’s subsidiary delivered an address during "Infrastructure Day" at the European Business Association (EBA) on 29 November, the CFTS portal reports.
"The biggest mistake today is not investing in Ukraine. That is why we continue to invest in the terminal and other projects, which means investing in Ukraine," Volodymyr Demenko, the CEO of the Levada Cargo company (a subsidiary of Lemtrans), said at the EBA.
According to him, border crossing and the cargo loading process are currently the main problems with the export of goods to Europe by rail. Operators encounter lengthy registration and other procedures on the European side when crossing the border. These are customs, border guards, and the phytosanitary service. Therefore, it is necessary to simplify the registration process on both sides.
"There are already positive changes in the speed of registration. We are also seeing a positive dialogue on the part of the border service and customs. Lemtrans, together with its partners, has opened a terminal on the border of Ukraine and Poland this year. The task was to improve the logistics and, in the future, increase the share of cargo containerization," the company said in the statement.
As the CFTS portal reported, Levada Cargo (as part of Lemtrans) and the Rail Trans Investment company began the construction of the Mostysk intermodal terminal near the Ukrainian-Polish border before the beginning of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine. The terminal was designed to process 100,000 TEUs per year in the first phase.