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Ukrainian grain arrives in Spain by rail, part of a pilot project


MADRID: Grain wagons from Ukraine came SpainThe government said on Saturday it was part of an experimental project aimed at exploring the viability of using trains while war blocks shipping lanes.
Ukraine is a major global grain grower and exporter and almost all exports are traditionally shipped from Black Sea ports.
But RussiaThe invasion of Ukraine in late February severely disrupted Ukraine’s grain exports, sending food prices soaring.
As part of a pilot project to explore the possibility of importing grain from Ukraine by rail, a freight train run by Spanish state operator Renfe left Madrid on August 9 for the town of Chelm. of Poland near the Ukrainian border.
The train consisted of 25 containers, each 40 feet (12 meters) long, loaded with 600 tons of Ukrainian grain for the 2,400 km (1,500 mi) return trip to Barcelona.
It arrived in the Catalan capital on Thursday night after stopping in Lodz, central Poland, and Duisburg, western GermanySpain’s Ministry of Transport said in a statement.
“The project allowed us to analyze the technical and economic feasibility of grain rail transport as a supplement to maritime mode at a time marked by the war in Ukraine,” it said. said more.
“This initiative has shown that, in the current context, long-distance rail transport requires a huge coordinated effort between the parties involved in the process.”
The department said the containers are equipped with special liners to carry grain.
On July 22, Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement brokered by Turkey to lift Moscow’s naval blockade and release millions of tons of frozen grain, thereby helping to avert the crisis. global food crisis.
Dozens of ships loaded with agricultural food have left Ukraine’s Black Sea ports since then.

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