The Ukrzaliznytsia public railway company loaded 222,800 grain wagons in the period of January-July, when the volume of cargo transportation was 14.5 million tons. It transported 199,000 tons of export grain. According to Ukrzaliznytsia, 68,000 tons of grain or 1,048 grain wagons were loaded per day on average during the first seven months of the year.
According to Ukrzaliznytsia, the existing fleet of grain wagons is enough for transportation of grain, but it is difficult to allocate grain wagons among customers optimally because of irregular orders from customers.
"The shortage of wagons is being created by forwarders or traders themselves because they do not provide a uniform load plan to the railway on time... The same situation, in which about 300 grain wagons are ordered at the beginning of the month and about 1,500 at the end of the month, is constantly being repeated. Furthermore, quite often, the plans that are agreed and adopted do not correspond to the processing capabilities of the railway’s loading and unloading partners," Ukrzaliznytsia said.
Ukrzaliznytsia has an operating fleet of 12,950 grain wagons, of which 10,034 are inventory wagons and 2,916 are owned by the company. This number of specialized rolling stock is sufficient to transport more than 40 million tons of grain and grain cargoes per year.