Ukrainian inland ports near the Danube significantly increased their grain handling in May; however, this is not an adequate substitute for the Black Sea ports, which continue to be blocked by Russia. In order to secure further land transport routes, the EU, Ukraine and Moldova are strengthening their cooperation.
According to Dmitry Barinov, vice-director of the state-owned Ports of Ukraine, grain exports through Ukraine's inland ports near the Danube reached about 1.3 million tons in May, 500,000 tons higher than the amount shipped in April.
The EU is also strengthening cooperation with Ukraine and Moldova. To this end, the Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean , together with the Ukrainian and Moldovan Ministers for Infrastructure, Oleksandr Kubrakov and Andrei Spînu, yesterday signed an agreement on road freight transport as part of the "Connecting Europe Days" in Lyon. According to the EU Commission, the agreement will facilitate freight transport between the EU, Ukraine and Moldova. For example, it will allow transport companies to cross and drive on each other's territory without needing a permit. In addition, the EU and Ukraine have signed an agreement on their infrastructure links. Among other things, this provides for the recognition of Ukrainian driver's licenses and certificates of competency. AgE