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Date: 06/17/22 04:38
Ukrainian grain by rail?
Author: march_hare

Is it realistic to think that a large portion of the landlocked grain in Ukraine could be exported by rail to Western European ports?  There's a change in gauge involved, do the port facilities even exist for grain export?



Date: 06/17/22 08:56
Re: Ukrainian grain by rail?
Author: PHall

Don't need to take it all the way to western europe. The ports on the Baltic in Poland are much closer.



Date: 06/17/22 09:42
Re: Ukrainian grain by rail?
Author: up833

The Ukraine wheat crop is larger than that of Poland. I doubt seaport elevators are half empty. Maybe containers could be used? 
RB



Date: 06/18/22 04:40
Re: Ukrainian grain by rail?
Author: 86235

There was something about this on the BBC the other day. The head of the Ukraine Wheat Marketing Board (or some such) was interviewed and said rail could only handle 1.5m tonnes (out of 6m) for export, mainly as a consequence of the gauge change.



Date: 06/18/22 21:09
Re: Ukrainian grain by rail?
Author: PHall

I suspect that they will find a solution to this problem. They've gotten pretty good at that.



Date: 06/19/22 10:26
Re: Ukrainian grain by rail?
Author: up833

Heard this morning on NPR that there are small ports on the Danube river. Truckers have waited weeks to unload. Slow because the infrastructure was neglected when larger ports opened on the Black Sea, lack of workers and the boom booms that arrive every once in awhile.
RB



Date: 06/20/22 19:26
Re: Ukrainian grain by rail?
Author: TheCurator

France24 network was mentioning that 90% of the country's rail network was still in Ukrainian hands, but freight traffic was non-existent and infrastructure was questionable.



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