Ukrainian Crisis: Hungary could transship 5 mln tonnes of grain

Ukraine Crisis

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Hungary could take over the transshipment of as much as five million tonnes of Ukrainian grain by rail if it can make immediate infrastructure investments, the Association of Hungarian Logistics Service Centers (MLSZKSZ) said earlier this week, according to agroforum.hu.

The association estimates that Ukraine's grain exports could reach 20 million tonnes a year, all of which must be delivered by rail, as the country has lost its ports.

It added that a "heated competition" has begun among neighboring countries to meet part of that demand. Upgrading cross-border railway and transshipment infrastructure in Hungary with central budget and EU resources to create a corridor for Ukraine's grain exports, as well as for humanitarian aid and farm inputs bound for Ukraine, could generate "many billions of forints" for the local logistics industry as well as for the central budget, MLSZKSZ said.

That railway infrastructure could also help Hungary to play an active role in reconstruction after the war, chairman Zsolt Fülöp said.

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