The European Commission on Thursday unveiled an action plan to help Ukraine export its agricultural products, taking into account the ports blocked by Russia.
This was reported by the commission’s press service, ProAgro Group reported, citing European Truth.
The European Commission outlined an action plan to create “solidarity routes” so that Ukraine could export grain as well as import the goods it needs: from humanitarian aid to animal feed and fertilizers.
The European Commission, together with member states and stakeholders, will work on such priority measures in the short term:
- Additional rolling stock, ships and trucks: the commission is calling on EU market participants to urgently provide additional vehicles. To match supply and demand and establish appropriate contacts, the Commission will set up a logistics platform to find partners and ask member states to designate specific contact points.
- Capacity of transport networks and transshipment terminals: Ukrainian agricultural exports must be prioritized, and infrastructure managers must provide rail slots for these exports. The Commission also urges market participants to urgently move mobile grain handlers to appropriate border terminals to expedite transshipment. A trucking agreement with Ukraine would also eliminate bottlenecks.
- Customs operations and other inspections: The Commission calls on national authorities to apply maximum flexibility and provide sufficient personnel to expedite procedures at border crossings.
- EU storage: The Commission will assess available storage capacity in the EU and will coordinate with member states to help provide more temporary storage capacity for Ukrainian exports.