Hungary Aids Rail Exports of Ukrainian Grain
Image by Pixabay
A coordinated effort by Hungary to aid exports, by rail, of Ukrainian grain is starting to pay off, state secretary for transport Dávid Vitézy said in a post on Facebook on Thursday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.
Vitézy said the government had called another "grain summit" of representatives of rail cargo and transshipment companies, the Grain Association, state-owned railway company MÁV, the Agriculture Ministry, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Thursday to support the delivery by train of Ukrainian grain "by all possible means".
"We've met with transshipment, railway, and farm sector representatives in the past months and tried to remove obstacles. The first results of these efforts are apparent," he added.
He said that rail cargo crop volume across the border between Ukraine and Hungary is now more than eight times what it was in January, while the number of grain hoppers backed up on the Ukrainian side of the border has been reduced from "over 4,500 to under 3,000".
Technology and Industry Minister Laszlo Palkovics will soon submit a HUF 12.4 billion draft program to the government on upgrading the rail network in the area around Záhony, on the border, he added.
"The first results of our plans will be tangible already this year," he said.
He also noted steps to expedite phytosanitary checks at the border, bring more locomotive engineers there and get rail forwarding companies to cooperate on putting together longer trains.
Vitézy said Hungary would also buy grain from Ukraine this year because of the drought.
SUPPORT THE BUDAPEST BUSINESS JOURNAL
Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.