Thanks to Ukraine, Poland could become a major grain hub – opinion


Polish farmers need to be told not only that Ukrainian grain did not collapse world prices, but also that it is thanks to Ukraine that Poland can become a major grain hub by improving its export infrastructure. Polish exports are no longer localized due to the situation in Ukraine, but the strikes are negatively affecting Poland’s position on the global market.

This opinion was expressed by the founder of the trading company Agrooiltrade, Sergiy Orlovsky, reports.

He believes that it is thanks to Ukraine that the Poles have the opportunity to improve rail transportation services.

“Before that, 90% of grain was transported by trucks, which is expensive. Now, thanks to the transit from Ukraine, transshipment terminals and warehouses are being built in Poland at railway stations. Grain can be transported by rail, which was not possible before. This is an opportunity to reduce the cost of logistics,” says Sergiy Orlovsky.

According to him, Poland is currently developing berths, and this allows ships of more than 3 thousand tons to be loaded in the Baltic Sea.

“And the more supply there is in the ports, the more developed they are, the more ships there will be, and the freight will go down. And in general, Poland can become a major grain hub at the expense of Ukraine,” believes Sergiy Orlovsky.

He believes that the war in Ukraine has opened up global grain trade for Polish farmers, as Poland used to export only 3 million tons of grain a year, but now it is many times more. Due to the fact that large ships began to arrive, the Poles had the opportunity to export grain to Africa and Asia. However, strikes by Polish farmers have a negative impact on the country’s position on the global market.

“All these strikes and protests are not good for Polish exports. For example, Poland has already lost the Moroccan market by 11%. It is predicted that it will lose up to 20%, because while there are strikes here, Russia is shipping there. Morocco simply doesn’t want to deal with all this,” emphasized Sergiy Orlovsky.

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