The volume of freight that the Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) transports through Ukraine’s western border crossings and the ports of Izmail and Reni reduced in June, compared with the previous month.
This is stated in data provided by the company in response to an official request from the CFTS portal.
The volume of freight transportation through the western border crossings totaled 2.917 million tons in June, which is 331,500 tons less than the volume in May.
Iron ore accounted for most of the reduction in the company’s freight transport volume. The volume of transportation of iron ore reduced from 1.8 million tons in May to 1.51 million tons in June. The volume of transportation of grain increased by 15,900 tons to 603,300 tons, compared with May. The volume of transportation of the remaining types of freight reduced by almost 60,000 tons to 803,300 tons.
According to Ukrzaliznytsia, the volume of freight transportation through the port of Izmail reduced significantly.
The volume of freight transportation through this port reduced by almost 400,000 tons due to infrastructure damage. Specifically, 428,400 tons of cargo were shipped through the port of Izmail in May, compared with only 69,500 tons in June.
This volume includes 6,100 tons of ore (compared with 236,600 tons in May), 63,200 tons of grain (116,300 tons in May), and 167 tons of other goods (75,500 tons in May).
"We have not had a rail link with the Izmail port since the end of April. The reason for this is the destruction of the Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi Bridge. There is also a possible problem with the irregular approach of ships to the quay walls at the Izmail port," said Valerii Tkachov, deputy director of Ukrzaliznytsia’s commercial operations department.
In addition, the volume of cargo flows through the port of Reni almost halved from 120,200 tons in May to 58,100 tons in June.
The reduction was due to the reduction of the volume of grain cargoes from 103,500 tons in May to 36,500 tons in June. The volume of freight transportation of other cargoes increased by several tons to 21,600 tons.