The total volume of cargo handled by Ukraine’s Danube ports was almost 30 million tons in the first 11 months of 2023.

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for Reconstruction of Ukraine/Minister of Community Development, Territories, and Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov announced this during a meeting in Romania, which focused on increasing the export capacity of Ukrainian Danube ports, the CFTS portal reports.

"We are returning with a decision on night navigation of the Sulina Canal, which has already begun. We expect our Romanian counterparts to provide the necessary number of pilots," he said.

The plan is to reach an export capacity of 4 million tons per month, thanks to the above-mentioned decision.

As reported earlier, seaports in the Danube region handled 27.6 million tons of cargo in the first 10 months of 2023, which is 45.6% more than they handled in the same period of 2022. Compared with the first 10 months of 2021, it represents an increase of 627%.

According to the Ukrainian Seaports Authority (USPA), the Danube ports handled 12.6 million tons of cargo from January to October 2022, compared with 4.4 million tons in the same period of 2021.