Ukrainian Railways loaded 11.5 million tons of grain cargoes in January-June 2014, which is 26% more than they loaded in the same period of last year, the press service of the State Railway Administration (Ukrzaliznytsia) announced.

They loaded an average of 1,019 railcars per day, which were 217 railcars more than they loaded a year earlier.

They loaded 152,500 railcars (9.7 million tons) in the first half of 2014, of which 133,600 railcars (8.7 million tons) went to ports for export, which was 32,900 more railcars than in the corresponding period of last year. On the domestic market, 18,900 railcars (1 million tons) were loaded.

"The logistics of grain cargo transportation are also being improved: the total turnover of grain carriers reduced by 1.1 days compared with the corresponding period last of year and now stands at 13.5 days, compared with 14.6 days in 2013," the press service said.

The average daily volume of grain loading was 423 wagons in June (a 14.6% increase compared with June 2013).

The working fleet of grain carriers in June consisted of 11,772 railcars, which was sufficient to transport more than 3 million tons of grain per month and 40 million tons per year, according to Ukrzaliznytsia.