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Ukrainian ports break 1M TEU barrier

According to the operational data of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, for the whole of 2019, containers amounting to 1,350,000 TEU were handled in the ports. This is more than 18% higher than in 2018.

Transshipment of container cargo in Ukraine for the second year in a row showed significant growth. Four private container terminals are operating in Ukrainian ports, and they plan to develop their respective capacities in 2020.

The corresponding memorandums and agreements were signed between USPA and the subsidiary of the German company ННLА Container terminal Odessa, as well as the third largest container line in the world, CMA CGM, together with the Ukrainian company Brooklyn-Kiev,— said the Head of USPA Raivis Veckagans. According to Veckagans, there is reason to expect further development of container transport, especially due to the transit of containers and the inclusion of Ukraine in the routes of the Chinese Silk Road and the Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia (TRACECA), the first cargo on which began to be delivered in 2019.

Export and import of containers in the past year were distributed almost equally at 48.6% and 46.8%, respectively. The positive dynamics of exports is provided by increasing containerisation of food and light industry products (processing of agricultural raw materials — flour, wheat, peas, textiles).

The transit of container cargo is still significantly inferior in the volume of imports and exports and is only 46,400 TEU. However, in 2019, it showed important growth rates, increasing by 42% compared to the previous year.

The leader in transshipment of containers in Ukraine is the terminal of CTO SC in Odessa, followed by another terminal of Odessa Port — Brooklyn-Kiev Port, TIS-CT in the Port Pivdennyi and Ilyichivsk Sea Fishing Port in Chornomorsk.

In 2019, the 15 largest shipping companies operating in Ukraine, which account for 99.5% of the total volume of containers, carried out ship calls to the sea ports of Ukraine. The top three are Maersk Line, CMA CGM and MSC, which provide more than half of the entire container market in Ukraine (53.5%).

Below you can check the routes of ocean services that Ports of Ukraine are included in:

  • Bosphorus Express Service (BEX) — weekly service of the Ocean Alliance on ship calls to the sea port of Odesa
  • ZIM Med Pacific (ZMP) — weekly service of the company ZIM on the Far-Eastern Ports with a call to the sea port of Odesa
  • ECUMED — weekly service Maersk Line from Latin America with a call to the sea port of Pivdennyi
  • Middle East (ME3) — weekly service of Maersk Line, which connected Ukrainian ports with the countries of the Middle East
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