GrainLane – the marketplace for Ukrainian grain

Together with the partner V_labs, ÖBB Rail Cargo Group (RCG) is developing the virtual marketplace GrainLane. The goal: to boost the agricultural trade with Ukrainian grain by land.

The RCG has strengthened its agricultural transport since the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine. In addition to this rail transport, which already incorporated a total volume of just over 330,000 tonnes by the end of June, the RCG is counting on digital solutions to boost the agricultural trade by land.

Forming new business relationships

Headed by the RCG, together with the Open Innovation Team of ÖBB holding and the external Company-Builder partner V_labs, the online marketplace “GrainLane” – an open and transparent tool for the agricultural trade – has been developed. GrainLane connects Ukrainian farmers with retailers, consumers and logistics providers. In just a few clicks, detailed grain offers (incl. details of protein contents, conventional cultivation or organic etc.) and requests can be created. After a successful match, contact information can be exchanged and finally transport requests can be made. GrainLane thus forms the basis for a thriving market between Ukrainian producers and European and African buyers and retailers, who often have had no business relationship before the war.

Available for free

GrainLane is free of charge for all parties and can be used at any time at and already lists over 600 users. 61,000 tonnes of agricultural products are currently offered on GrainLane at attractive prices: from wheat (from 200 EUR per tonne) to soy (from 580 EUR per tonne) to dry corn (from 169 EUR per tonne). Interested parties can agree the details individually with sellers and you can choose for GrainLane to provide support with transport services thanks to its partner network. This way Ukrainian producers can easily and securely reach international buyers like mills, retailers, exporters and many others.