For 5 recent years, Ukraine increased the shipment volumes of goods by river transport. In particular, in 2018 the transportation volumes of goods increased by 22.4% — to 9.9 mln tonnes, including 3.1 mln tonnes of grain crops (up 18% y-o-y), reported the Head of Trading Department at HTU SA / AgroVista Agroholding, Oskar Neudert, during his report within frames of the international conference "Middle East Grains&Oils Congress: Beirut edition", on September 18.
To date, the share of transportation of agricultural products by river transport totals nearly 6%, which is significantly lower compared with the transportation by rail (73%) and road transport (21%). Ukraine managed to master the potential of river transport at one third only. Generally, the figures can reach 20% with the traffic volumes of 11-12 mln tonnes per year, he said.
According to the speaker, there is every reason to increase the transportation volumes, as the cost of goods shipment by river transport (from domestic elevators to the export terminals) is more profitable in comparison with the cost of transportation by road and rail transport.
Ukraine can realize the growing export potential without any state support, which focused on development of railways and motor roads. The potential can be achieved through the usage of commercial waterways, which do not require any additional costs from the state budget, said O.Neudert.
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