Elevators and Terminals in Ukraine

Logistics has always been in the spotlight of the Ukrainian agricultural market. The war exacerbated and highlighted the industry’s problems such as uneven regional distribution of grain elevator capacities, insufficient development of overland export routes, and underestimated potential of small seaports.

As the export got limited to the throughput capacities of the “grain corridor” and land border crossings, the share of logistics costs in the export price increased sharply – UkrAgroConsult has repeatedly covered this point in its reports.


The disruption of normal grain flows during the war gave rise to new trends in grain cultivation, storage and export shipments. For example, these include the following:

  • relocation of businesses to the west. The trend of increasing the share of the central and western regions in grains and oilseeds production stimulates new projects for the construction and expansion of silos
  • costly logistics, a small number of free grain elevators, a shortage and unstable supply of electricity promote the use of alternative storage and drying methods
  • increased risks and limitations faced by deep-water ports shift attention to the small Danube ports, some of which have boosted grain handling almost 100-fold since the outbreak of the war.

The war requires companies to make quick decisions and changes in their operation. Not all agricultural market participants have managed to pass the stress test, find their way and reduce their losses over this difficult time. But the most flexible and efficient ones have coped with the challenges and used the opportunities for scaling up.

Any crisis is a new opportunity. Europe and the world are becoming more open to Ukrainian businesses, and Ukraine, for its part, can offer them its unrealized development potential in many areas, including infrastructure.

Taking into account the above and many other trends, UkrAgroConsult is updating its study “Grain Elevators and Terminals in Ukraine.” We bring to your attention the latest and verified information to understand what logistics will be like in the near future and in the post-war period.

Analytical study

The analytical study “Grain Elevators and Terminals in Ukraine” provides an in-depth analysis of current trends and events in the grain market. The long-term market development forecast until 2025 is based on scrutinizing sections of the grain supply and demand balance.

Special attention is paid to the description of elevator services, taking into account their cost, as well as to the regional location of elevators in line with the grain production and consumption geography; an assessment is made of the availability of storage capacities in the regions.

The study “Grain Elevators and Terminals in Ukraine” comprises a statistical database that gives a complete picture of grain market developments in the required period of time (production by region, exports by company and country, grain transshipment volumes in the Black Sea ports, a ranking of Ukrainian grain exporters).

In the basic version of the study, information covers a 3-5-year period according to the contents given on the website. However, if required, the study structure can be adjusted in line with the customer’s wishes.


1. Grains and oilseeds market

1.1. Overall description and main trends in grains and oilseeds production

1.2. Changes in both the crop structure and regional distribution of cultivated areas during wartime

1.3. Domestic grain consumption

1.4. Development prospects for the grains and oilseeds market in the post-war period

2. Foreign trade

2.1 Key grain export trends

2.2 Processing and export of oilseeds and oilseed products

2.3 Main ways of exporting agricultural products. The impact of the grain corridor

3. Grain and oilseed storage system in Ukraine

3.1 Overall description of the grain storage systems: traditional and alternative ones

3.2. Regional location of grain elevators and provision of the regions with storage capacities

3.3 Key owners of grain elevator facilities and company profiles: agricultural holdings, international companies and state-owned enterprises

3.4 Analysis of storage capacity available to the largest grain producers

3.5 Grain elevator services and their cost

3.6 Development forecast for the grain elevator industry in the medium term

3.7 Use of dry ports for grain exports

3.8 SWOT analysis of the grain storage sector

4. Grain and oilseed handling capacities in seaports

4.1 Export infrastructure in ports and its capacity

4.2 Development trends in the port grain handling sector

4.3 Relevant grain handling ports and monthly volumes of actual shipments

4.4 Quantitative loading of port elevators

4.5 Grain storage capacities at sea terminals

4.6 Grain handling tariff trends in ports

4.7 Development prospects for the grain-handling sector, projects for the construction and modernization of port grain elevators

5. Conclusions


This is a standard study. UkrAgroConsult is ready to prepare a custom study at your personal request.

Any study can be extended with more criteria. In addition, there is an option to buy only the statistic part (Database) in Excel format with no analytics or forecasts.

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