The Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) transported 334,963 twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) of containers in 2018, the CFTS portal reports, citing the Interfax Ukraine news agency. This represents a 13% increase compared with the 295,479 TEU it transported in 2017.

Transportation of transit containers increased by 24%, export containers by 17%, domestic containers by 11%, and imported containers by 8%.

“The container transport market in Ukraine has tremendous potential and our primary task is to create new services for our clients and partners to enable them to realize this potential,” said Ukrzaliznytsia’s Board Chairman Yevhen Kravtsov said.

The regular container train on the Black Sea (TIS) – Kyiv-Liski – Black Sea (TIS) route was successful for Ukrzaliznytsia and popular among cargo owners in 2018. The regular container transported 2,500 containers during the year.

In total, Ukrzaliznytsia operated eight regular container trains on a fixed schedule on certain days of the week last year, ensuring expedited delivery of goods in containers.

During the past year, 95,600 TEU of containers were transported on regular container trains (17 container trains, including 7 transit), which is 29% of the total volume of containers that was transported.

As the CFTS portal reported, Ukrzaliznytsia transported 98,272 TEU of containers on container trains in the period of January-October 2018, which is 39% more than the 70,672 TEU it transported on container trains in the corresponding period of 2017.