The RCG has been intensively supporting Ukraine with transport and logistics services of agricultural products since March of this year. By the end of November 2022, the RCG had transported more than one million tonnes of grain out of Ukraine to Central and Southern Europe. Information available to the RCG indicates that this makes ÖBB’s freight transport subsidiary the European leader. The volume transported per month is between 100,000 and 150,000 tonnes. Most of these transports are cereals and maize, followed by sugar and oilseed rape. The main importing countries are Hungary and Germany, followed by Italy and Austria. The volumes and flows of goods since March are depicted in the chart.
Freight transport by rail is systemically important and crucial to the supply chain
Ukraine is the largest agricultural producer in Europe, which means that its agricultural exports are of importance to the entire continent and even further afield. Rail transport has proven to be a reliable alternative even after the resumption of maritime transport, and demand remains high. Rail freight transport has proven its systemic importance for maintaining supply chain stability through several international crises.