The first train with Ukrainian corn arrived in Austria
On May 6, Rail Cargo Group, part of the ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways), delivered the first corn train from Ukraine to Austria.
Rail Cargo Group has always been involved in the transportation of Ukrainian grain. But transportation was carried out mainly to the northern regions of Germany. With the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine, the volume of agricultural cargo transportation increased: in March-April, the RCG organized 30 grain trains from Ukraine. In total it was about 60 thousand tons of grain.
The first train with Ukrainian corn arrived in Austria on Friday, May 6. The destination is the municipality of Aschach an der Donau in the district of Eferding in Upper Austria. Prior to that, the train stopped at Kledering Station near Vienna, where it was met by Austrian Minister of Agriculture Elizabeth Kestinger, Ambassador of Ukraine Vasyl Khiminets and ÖBB Director General Andreas Matta.
“The first grain train arrives in Austria… By facilitating supplies through the creation of green corridors, we are helping Ukraine, which would not otherwise be able to export its goods. And we help support the supply of agricultural raw materials and food. Our goal is to increasingly position Austria as a hub for the supply of raw materials from Ukraine, – said Andreas Matta. – The suffering of millions of Ukrainians has become a sad part of everyday life for all of us. It is all the more important to me that we at ÖBB do our best to help these people. ÖBB RCG has demonstrated its commitment to the cause since the beginning of the war. On the one hand, we support the transportation of humanitarian aid, and on the other hand, we want to contribute to the economic survival of Ukraine. That is why we regularly transport grain from Ukraine to Europe and want to expand in this direction in the near future.”
Further plans are to ensure at least two grain supplies from Ukraine to Austria per month. Each train will consist of 25 hopper cars with a capacity of 1,400 tons.
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