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Ukraine to resume Russian transit by rail to Poland from February 10

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Stopped at the end of January, the transit of Russian cargo via Ukrainian railways to the Republic of Poland will be resumed on February 10, Ukrzaliznytsia reported.

Ukraine to resume Russian transit by rail to Poland from February 10

From February 10, 2022, Ukrzaliznytsya JSC lifts the ban on the transportation of transit cargo across Ukraine to the Republic of Poland. As the press service of the railway operator explained, this became possible thanks to the well-coordinated operational work of the railways of the two countries.

In particular, as a result of numerous negotiations held between the leadership of the Polish Railways and Ukrzaliznytsia, the Polish side improved the reception of trains from Ukraine at the Izov-Grubeshev junction.

“As a result, the daily exchange increased and on some days reached 10 trains. These indicators are sufficient for rhythmic transportation between countries without the accumulation of wagons at the border. Previously, this figure reached a maximum of 8-9 trains, and sometimes 7 trains per day,” Ukrzaliznytsia said in a statement.

Ukrzaliznytsia also continues to work on increasing the capacity of the railway infrastructure in the direction of the Republic of Poland. In particular, the electrification of the Kovel - Izov - State Border section continues. All work in the direction is planned to be completed by the end of June 2022.

Ukrzaliznytsia hopes that the Polish Railways will also join the modernization of this route and electrify the 1.5 km section of the State Border - Hrubeshev, which is located on the territory of a neighboring country.

In addition, Ukrzaliznytsia is awaiting approval by the railway company PKP LHS (Poland) of a change in payment for the use of cars owned by the Ukrainian Railways, which is significantly lower than the market one. The accrual is carried out under the terms of the agreement, which was signed back in 2019. At the same time, Ukrzaliznytsia implements the service of transportation in its own wagons across the territory of Ukraine through the Prozorro system, which allows the company to distribute freight wagons on competitive terms and at market value.

Recall that Ukrzaliznytsia introduced temporary ban on rail transit through the territory of Ukraine to Poland due to the accumulation of wagons at the border and the outdated infrastructure of the Polish railway at the end of January. In particular, the transit of coal from Russia to Slovakia to the U.S. metallurgical plant was stopped. Steel.

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