The freight operator Ukrainian Railways Cargo Poland has been granted full access to the European rail freight market.

The Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.

The relevant license was issued by the Polish railway authorities.

"We continue to work systematically on the European integration of the railway and the development of international services. Obtaining the license is another step towards the creation of a full-fledged international railway operator that can offer its customers seamless cross-border transport services. We are also working on the development and coordination of new international routes," said Yevhen Liaschenko, board chairman of Ukrzaliznytsia.

In the first phase of its operations, Ukrainian Railways Cargo Poland plans to focus on increasing the volume of cargo through Ukrainian-Polish border crossings.

This will allow Polish and Ukrainian shippers to receive door-to-door transportation services from a single operator, eliminating the need to sign multiple contracts with different companies.

In addition, the company intends to operate rolling stock for both 1435 mm and 1520 mm gauge tracks in the future. This will allow it to operate efficiently at all Ukrainian-Polish border crossings.

Ukrainian Railways Cargo Poland is expected to start offering comprehensive transport services next year.