Ukrainian Railways restrict exports of some food products

© . FILE PHOTO: Ears of corn are seen in a field near the village of Hrebeni in Ukraine’s Kiev region, July 17, 2020. Photo taken July 17, 2020. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/File Photo KYIV () – State Railway of Ukraine company has announced the transportation of some agricultural goods are temporarily restricted via border crossings to Poland and Romania, the APK-Inform consultancy said on Saturday. It gave no reason for the restrictions. Ukraine, a major agricultural producer, used to export most of its goods through seaports, but has been forced to export through the western border by train since the invasion of Russia. APK-Inform said restrictions have been placed on the transport of goods to Poland via Yahodyn from April 16 to April 18. There are also restrictions on the transportation of grains, oilseeds, grains and other food products through Izov to the Polish cities of Hrubeszew and Slawkov. From April 16 until further notice, there will be restrictions on grain and seed exports to Romania via the Dyakovo and Vadul-Siret crossings, the consultancy said. The railway company was not immediately available for comment. Ukraine’s Agriculture Minister Mykola Solskyi said this week that the ministry’s main task was to find alternative ways to export Ukrainian grain. The country has millions of tons of various commodities available for export. Solskyi also said that 1.25 million tons of grain and oilseeds were on commercial ships blocked in Ukrainian seaports and could soon deteriorate. Before the war, Ukraine exported up to 6 million tons of grain and oilseeds per month. In March, exports fell to 200,000 tons.

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