Ukraine: Grain transportation by rail breaks records in Q1 2024

Grains, Cereal & Legumes
Supply Chain Management
Market & Price Trends
Published Apr 17, 2024

Tridge summary

In the first quarter of 2024, Ukraine experienced a significant increase in grain deliveries by rail, reaching a record 9.9 million metric tons, an 18.4% rise from the previous year. This boost was largely due to the backlog of exports from the first half of 2023 and the establishment of an alternative grain corridor in October 2023, with 85% of these deliveries aimed at Ukrainian sea ports. However, April saw a decline in grain deliveries following Russian attacks on infrastructure in the Odesa region, impacting seaports and railway operations. Additionally, there was a noticeable 31-32% drop in agricultural cargo transport to western border crossings compared to the first quarter of 2023, highlighting a downward trend in land border wagon transfers.
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Original content

In Q1 2024, 9.9 M mt of grain were delivered by rail, which is 18.4% more than in Q1 2023. Moreover, this is a record volume for Q1 in the last 4 years. Grain transportation to Ukrainian sea ports accounted for 85% of total grain transportation by rail. The activity of rail transportation in Q1 2024 was facilitated by the unrealized export potential of the first half of 2023/24, the opening of an alternative grain corridor in October 2023 resulted in the increase of grain shipments to the ports. The intensity of grain deliveries by rail to Ukrainian sea ports is gradually decreasing in April. In April 1-10, the number of wagons heading to the Big Odesa ports fell to 7,479, 324 wagons less than at the end of March. russia’s attacks on the infrastructure of the Odesa region negatively affect the operation of seaports and railway stations, a ban on goods transportation to the port of Chornomorsk was imposed. If the rail attacks continue, exporters may be forced to deliver grain to ...
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