Poland is trying to solve logistical problems to make it possible to quickly transport grain intended for African and Asian countries from Ukraine to the country's seaports.
This was discussed during the first meeting of the interagency group on the transportation of agricultural and food products from Ukraine, which was held at the Polish Ministry of Agriculture under the leadership of Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Agriculture Henryk Kowalczyk, the CFTS portal reports, citing the Ukrinform news agency.
The participants in the meeting analyzed the situation regarding the possibility of transporting agricultural and food products from Ukraine.
They discussed logistics problems in three main areas: at border crossings, on railways, and at seaports.
It was stated during the meeting that the most urgent tasks were further improvement of the operations of border crossings by increasing the number of veterinarians and possible construction of temporary warehouses on the border with Ukraine.
"It is important to improve the rail traffic possibilities for 15 trains based on the wagon bogies that the Ukrainians have so that grain can be transported in Ukrainian wagons directly to the port in Gdansk," Kowalczyk said.
He added that grain trucks would also go to the Gdansk port.
The possibility of creating a grain terminal with a storage area of about 100,000 tons was also discussed during the meeting. This would make it possible to export both Ukrainian and Polish grain on a large scale.
"Grains are a critically important product for countering the prospect of famine in Africa and the Arab countries. We are obliged to help Ukraine with exports. For this, we must consider various solutions and look for new opportunities," he said.
The interagency group on transportation of agricultural and food products from Ukraine is an auxiliary body that was created on 23 June by an order issued by the head of the Polish government. It is made up of representatives of government ministries and agencies, among others: agriculture, state assets, economy, internal and foreign affairs, Poland's minister for EU affairs, the head of the prime minister's office, and the head of the Polish government agency for strategic reserves.
As reported earlier, the port of Gdansk recently expressed doubts about the advisability of building a terminal for Ukrainian grain. "Regarding grain and the expectations that some entity will suddenly appear and come and build a grain terminal in Gdansk or Gdynia (or Szczecin), invest EUR 100 million or more, these are very high expectations. Because we do not know for how long its construction will continue when the blockade of Ukrainian ports is lifted... If their blockade is lifted, then this investment … will cease to pay for itself," said Adam Zolnowski, a board member and chief financial officer of DCT Gdansk.