Friday, November 26
Thursday, November 25
The mission of evaluating Ukraine’s accession to the Convention on Common transit began work on November 23 and will end tomorrow. Representatives of the previous evaluation mission of the Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union of the European Commission (DG TAXUD) and the three countries party to the Convention on the Common Transit Procedure (Croatia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom) have launched evaluation activities on Ukraine’s accession to the Convention and NCTS started. Representatives of the Ukraine Ministry of Finance said that Ukraine had adopted all the legal frameworks necessary to ensure a standard transit regime at
Wednesday, November 24
Ukraine is implementing 8 EBRD projects worth € 1.68 bln, announced the finance minister, Serhiy Marchenko, at a meeting with the newly appointed EBRD Vice President for Policy and Partnership, Mark Bowman. During the meeting, the issues of the current state of implementation of projects in the fields of infrastructure, energy, banking, industry, and natural resources were raised, the Ministry of Finance added. The parties also discussed Ukraine’s cooperation with international financial organizations, including the IMF and the World Bank. The EBRD remains the largest institutional lender in Ukraine, with
Ukreximbank sells loan claims for grain terminal in Ochakiv port. The state-owned bank has put the right of claim for sale under a loan agreement secured by a mortgage on a grain terminal at the Ochakiv seaport. The starting price is UAH 36.7 mln ($1.4 mln), and the auction is scheduled to be held on December 13, 2021. The grain complex is equipped with modern equipment for reception, storage, and transshipment of grain crops; technological processes are automated. Delivery of goods to the port can be carried out by road,
Monday, November 22
Ukraine plans to restore 557 km of roads in the Dnipropetrovsk region in the next two years. The Presidential program “Large Construction” includes the update and construction of more than 557 km of roads in the Dnepropetrovsk region, said the Minister for Infrastructure, Alexander Kubrakov. By the end of 2021, the second stage of the Southern bypass of the Dnipro River, which has long been the largest long-term construction in the region, will be opened.
Friday, November 19
The Parliament of Ukraine plans to allocate an additional UAH 2.5 bln ($95 mln) for roads and infrastructure projects. In addition to this allocation, the Parliament plans to amend the state budget for 2021 and provide for additional expenditures on social issues, implementation of infrastructure projects and development of socio-cultural facilities. The implementation of infrastructure projects was supported in the first reading by 236 deputies, reported Ukrinform.
Thursday, November 18
On November 23-25, Ukraine will have to host a preliminary EU assessment mission on Ukraine’s readiness to accede to the Convention on a Common Transit Procedure. DG TAXUD experts plan to assess the legislative and organizational support of joint transit in Ukraine, application of NCTS by customs of departure (border) and customs of destination, hold meetings with the national project implementation team on Ukraine’s accession to the Convention on Common Transit Procedure, including NCTS support service, with representatives of business and financial institutions. “Ukraine is showing quite convincing results in implementing NCTS at the national level,” said EU4PFM expert Vitianis Ališauskas.
Kherson airport will be operational by the end of 2021. The Ministry of Infrastructure plans to upgrade Kherson Airport with modern air navigation equipment and a new runway. “This will allow residents of the south of the country to increase their transport mobility within the country and gain access to international air transportation”, said First Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, Vasyl Shkurakov.
Intercity trains will be launched from Kyiv to all regional centers by 2024. In addition to the service of fast trains, the Ministry of Infrastructure plans to electrify more than 500 km of railways for the next three years. “This will connect Kyiv with high-speed railways to all regional centers”, said the First Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Vasyl Shkurakov. “We are currently preparing a feasibility study for this project and plan to start its practical implementation next year,” said Shkurakov.
Wednesday, November 17
The cost of road construction in Ukraine will be determined according to international standards. The Parliament of Ukraine passed a law on determining the pricing system in the construction of public roads. “The law aims to determine the responsibility for the formation of the pricing system in the construction of public roads by the central executive body, which ensures the formation and implementation of state policy in the field of road management, to further adapt the domestic pricing system in the construction of public roads to the world’s best practitioners”, the statement from the
Tuesday, November 16
The second China-Ukraine train is on a route that includes sea transport. The second container train has been sent from China to Ukraine on an alternative way, using rail and sea transport. The train arrival is expected in 7 days at the Kyiv-Liski station. The train consists of 31 carriages, which carry 31 40-foot containers, announced cfts.org.ua.
Monday, November 15
Friday, November 12
Ukraine Railroad (UZ) has increased tariffs for freight transportation will additionally attract ₴14.3 bln ($545 mln). The reform of the tariff setting for freight transportation by rail will allow attracting an additional ₴14.3 bln for large-scale infrastructure projects that will be implemented at UZ. The tariffs for freight transportation now correspond to market realities, and the funds received from this will be used this year for critical projects for the country to update the infrastructure of the Ukraine Railroad.
The port of Kherson is preparing for a concession. The Ministry of Infrastructure plans to complete the process of transferring the property complex of the Kherson Sea trade port to the concessionaire by the end of this year. Now, for the concession to occur, the problematic issues are resolved together with other authorities by adopting bylaws, said Deputy Minister Yuri Vaskov speaking to Interfax.
Thursday, November 11
Plans for a high-speed train service from Kyiv to Warsaw. The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine and its counterpart in Poland are preparing to launch a high-speed rail service on the Kyiv-Warsaw route, (Ukrinform). “The Polish government supports our idea, and we have the same approach”, said Minister of Infrastructure, Olexandr Kubrakov. He added that the plan is to launch trains with a speed of 250 km/h and more on the route. According to the Minister, the development of a preliminary feasibility study of the project is currently underway.
SkyUp will start regular flights to Tel Aviv from Kyiv and Odesa. The new route will begin operating on November 25, 2021. Departures from Kyiv are scheduled for Thursday and Sunday, and the frequency will be gradually increased, announced SkyUp. Flights on the route Odessa – Tel Aviv – Odessa is scheduled for December 15, 2021; every Wednesday.
Wednesday, November 10
UZ has commenced its most extensive infrastructure modernization program. “By 2028, Ukraine will implement a program to build tens of thousands of freight cars with a total cost of ₴100 bln ($3.8 bln)”, announced President Zelensky. “We are starting the construction and modernization of rolling stock and railways on the largest scale since the years of our country’s independence,” Zelensky concluded.
The level of localization of production of freight cars purchased by UZ will exceed 95%. This will include a total of 45,000 new grain trucks and gondola cars are planned to be purchased with the assistance of the Ministry of Infrastructure, which will launch a state leasing program in 2022. The Minister of Infrastructure, Kubrakov, noted that UZ would also upgrade its rolling stock in the coming years.
Tuesday, November 9
This year river freight traffic on the Dnipro river increased by 35% , announced the Sea Port Administration of Ukraine. As a result, the volume of freight traffic on the Dnipro in January-October 2021 amounted to 11.62 million tons, which is 35% more (or 3.01 million tons) than in the same period in 2020.
Monday, November 8
The Verkhovna Rada liberalized international trucking between Ukraine and Belarus. The protocol provides for exemption from the permit system of irregular passenger and freight traffic by road. The implementation of this Protocol will provide domestic carriers with new opportunities in carrying out their activities. In addition, Ukraine will be able to attract additional freight and passenger flows, as Belarusian carriers will be able to perform transportation to Ukraine without permits as well.
In the first 10 months of 2021 passenger traffic at Kharkiv Airport (MAX) has grown by 66% in comparison to last year’s passenger numbers, reported Interfax. Passenger traffic in October 2021 reached 123,060 passengers, which is 66% higher than the corresponding figure for 2020. In October 2021, 539 flights were completed, which was 34% more than in 2020. The most popular destinations were: Antalya, Istanbul, Kyiv, Sharm el-Sheikh, and Larnaca.
Thursday, November 4
The cargo turnover of seaports decreased by 8.5% this year. In January-October 2021, seaport operators in Ukrainian handled 120.872 mln tons of cargo, which is 11.25 mln tons or 8.5% less than in the same period last year, announced the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority. In January-October 2021, port operators shipped 93.1 mln tons of export cargo in seaports (-8.2% compared to the same period in 2020), 19.18 million tons of imports (- 3.8% compared to the same period in 2020) year), 6.8 million tons of transit (-20.5% to the same
Ministry of Finance to invest ₴124.1 bln ($4.72 bln) in the development of road networks in 2022. The announcement was subject to receiving syndicated finance from the EBRD to: reconstruct the Kyiv Odesa highway (M-05); construction of the northern bypass of Lviv and Ternopil; reconstruction of a section the Poltava – Valky highway in the Kharkiv region(M-03); and the overhaul of the M-01 highway on the section Kyiv – Kipti (Chernihiv region).
₴1 bln ($38 mln) to be invested in the reconstruction of Kryvyi Rih airport. In an announcement on the Prozorro system, the renovation of the airport is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023. As part of the reconstruction, the interior and exterior must be renovated, new communications will be laid, the facade and interior will be repaired, and security systems will be upgraded. The auction to select a contractor for the work is scheduled for January 10, 2022, reported liga.net.
Wednesday, November 3
A new tender for the construction of the north-eastern bypass of Ternopil and the transport interchange. The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine working with the European Investment Bank (EIB) program “Transport in Ukraine” announced an international tender for the construction of the north-eastern bypass of Ternopil and the transport interchange. The procurement will be conducted through international competitive bidding in accordance with EIB rules. Companies can submit bids until December 8, 2021.
Automatic distribution of the transportation permits will be performed by the Ministry of Infrastructure. The balances of permits for international transportation from Poland will be distributed automatically through the “Way” system to eliminate the human factor, said the Ministry of Infrastructure. This procedure eliminates the human factor. The crisis of the shortage of permits for International Transport has been observed on yearly basis since 2016.
Thursday, October 21
High-speed internet for 118 villages. The Ministry of Digital Transformation has installed high-speed internet cables in 118 villages, as well as connected social facilities to Wi-Fi network, reported by the Ministry of Finance. The providers conducted high-speed fiber optics for about 40,000 residents of Ukrainian villages. Under the Internet Subvention project, contracts have already been signed to connect 2,000 villages valued at UAH 200 million.
EBRD and IFC to invest in the modernization of the Black Sea port of Chornomorsk. Both financial institutions are supporting the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority in structuring and tendering a public-private partnership (PPP) to modernize the port by: preparing a comprehensive contractual framework; setting bidding criteria and tender rules; will liaising with potential investors, and pave the way for a successful tender. “Working with investors is the focus of our port development activities”, said the press release of EBRD.
Construction of a high-speed tram line to the center of Kyiv. The Cabinet of Ministers approved a $39 million loan from the World Bank for the construction of a new tram line. It will extend the high-speed tram line to the city center and connect to the transport interchange of the red line of the metro, including the Vokzalna metro station, which currently serves as a major transit hub. Construction of a new line may begin next year, said Minister of Infrastructure, Olexander Kubrakov.
Friday, October 15
Thursday, October 14
Construction of an industrial park has commenced in Lviv. Sparrow Capital Investment has laid the foundation of the park. “The project, which aims to build 100,000 square meters will be a boost to the local economy, employment in the region, the investors involved, and the Lviv community”, said Director of Sparrow Capital Maxim Chuhen.
Wednesday, October 13
Ukrzaliznytsia transported a record 3.8 million tons of grain in September 2021. The company shipped an average of 118,900 tons per day, which is 30.6% more than in September 2020 and 10.6% more than in September 2019. “The company has every opportunity to export a record amount of grain this year”, said Director of Commercial, Oleksandr Zaruba.
Friday, October 8
The auction for the sale of frequencies for 5G communication will be held in Ukraine in 2022, said the Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov. “Next year we plan to put up frequencies [for 5G communication] at tenders for the operators,” said Fedorov. The active introduction of this communication technology in large cities of the country will begin in two years reported open4business.
Five projects for the construction of highways attract the interest of investors. Ukraine is actively looking for ways of effective cooperation between business and the state. Speaking at the Kyiv International Economic Forum, the Prime Minister, Denys Shmyhal, said, “Next year, I assure you, we will construct the first autobahn from Krakovets to Lviv and Rivne. We already have the next 5 projects for the construction of highways, which are attractive to investors,” said Shmyhal.
Wednesday, October 6
Vinnytsa Airport to borrow UAH 300 mln ($11.32 mln) from Ukreximbank. The Vinnytsia City Council has signed a loan agreement to finance the reconstruction of Vinnytsia Airport. The loan will be used for construction in the amount of UAH 300 mln ($11.32). The project will include the reconstruction of the airport terminal and upgrades to the runaway. Funding is being provided from the state budget, the city budget, and bank loans.
Tuesday, October 5
Efficient industrial parks in Ukraine can create more than a thousand jobs , said Oleksii Chernyshov, the Minister for Communities and Territories Development. He said that “An efficient regional network of industrial parks can create thousands of new jobs in the regions. This will strengthen the economic potential of communities and create an added value for Ukrainian industries. Thus, each hectare of the industrial site can create about 50 jobs. That is, the average industrial park means from a thousand or more employed citizens”.
Monday, October 4
New Solar power plants for Vinnytsia City. Vinnytsia City Council a program for the construction of solar power plants for their own consumption by healthcare institutions, and utilities of Vinnytsia city territorial community for 2022-2026. The goal of the program is to reduce the consumption of energy resources from traditional sources and reduce CO2 emissions. The construction of the solar power plant will also reduce the cost of purchasing electricity from the external network, wrote the Deputy Mayor of Vinnytsia, Andriy Ocheretny, on his Facebook page.
Two new airports will be built in the controlled Donbas territories, announced the Minister of Infrastructure. According to the Minister, Oleksandr Kubrakov, the construction sites will be approved next week. One airport is planned to be built between Mariupol and Berdyansk. The second airport is planned to be built in the area between the cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk. The approximate construction period for each project is two years reported canal Dom.
Friday, October 1
Ukrainian Ports should invest profits to improve infrastructure The Mayor Of Mykolaiv, Oleksandr Senkevych, said that the port’s profits should contribute to the city development of infrastructure in their region (Interfax-Ukraine). Senkevych cited last year’s net profit of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority amounted to ₴2.6 bln ($97 mln).
Friday, September 24
GUAM foreign ministers discuss the development of international logistics across countries. Dmytro Kuleba took part in a meeting of the Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development – GUAM (ukrinform). “We have outlined certain economic steps and projects that we will take to develop trade and international logistics through the GUAM countries,” said Kuleba. The parties discussed further political cooperation within the organization, sectoral cooperation between Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, and Azerbaijan in the fields of economy, trade, transport, IT, and innovation.
Thursday, September 23
Wednesday, September 22
The first caravan of 2 barges and 1 tug passed through the newly build Dnipro lock. It is planned to implement a series of such locks to improve Dnipro River logistics. This type of lock allows ships to save up to 8 hours in one pass. The saved time will allow the shipowner to make up to 10 trips a year and to transport up to 100 thousand tons per navigation. This is another step towards the development of water logistics, which should become a convenient alternative to road and rail transportation, said the Minister of
Tuesday, September 21
Ukraine and Azerbaijan agreed to increase the quota for road transport. In 2021, the Ukrainian side will receive an additional 850 universal permits and 150 for transportation to and from third countries reports the Ministry of Infrastructure. By 2022, the quota of universal permits has been increased by 45% to 3,200, and by 27% to permits for transportation to and from third countries to 1,400.
The ports of Ust-Dunaisk, Belgorod-Dniester, and Skadovsk will be privatized. Local and cross-border investors will be able to participate in online auctions for the privatization of the three ports in the sea harbors of the Odessa region. The privatization was announced by the head of the regional branch of the State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPFU).
Friday, September 17
DP World TIS – Pivdennyi has been servicing the weekly L74 service of the Maersk. The terminal received the first Safmarine Nuba, handling a total of 638 containers. In June Maersk announced the consolidation of all shipping to Ukraine at one container terminal, choosing DP World TIS Pivdennyi. The service combined DP World TIS Pivdennyi with the largest Egyptian port of Port Said. This cooperation opens additional opportunities for Ukrainian exporters to enter the markets of the Middle East.
Onur construction wins tender to build Dnipro Airport airfield announced open4busines source. The winner of a tender for the construction of an airfield at Dnipro International Airport is Onur Construction International. The value of the construction project was announced on the ProZorro public auction site as being an estimated UAH 5.64 billion. The only other construction company competing in the tender was Rostdorbud whose bid of UAH 5.65 billion to complete the project was not successful.
Wednesday, September 15
A new grain terminal to be built at Yuzhny port. According to the Administration of Sea Ports of Ukraine (USPA). TC Tehagro LLC presented the project for the construction of a new grain terminal to the Council of the Administration of the Yuzhny (Pivdenny) on September 8, 2021. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2022 and will take 44 months. The payback period for the project is 6 years. The new terminal will be located on Yuzhny port land which is 2.88 hectares repots the Odessa Journal. It will be
Tuesday, September 14