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Romania is expanding its export capacity

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Constanța port operators are making investments to increase their grain handling capacity as Ukraine increases its exports through Romania, Viorel Panait, director general of port operator Comvex SA, told Reuters.

The government in Bucharest has announced that it wants to double the transit capacity for Ukrainian grain through the port of Constanta, to four million tonnes a month, from a level close to zero before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Last month, about 2.7 million tons of grain from Ukraine passed through the port of Constanta, Viorel Panait said.

Since July, when Moscow abandoned an agreement that allowed Ukraine to export grain through its Black Sea ports, Russia has repeatedly bombed Ukrainian ports on the Danube River, which borders NATO member Romania.

"You can't rely on one transport because that makes you vulnerable, we saw that after the attacks on the Ukrainian ports on the Danube. There is a need to transform transport with trucks, trains and barges", is the detector's opinion.

In this sense, Comvex has entered into a partnership with the railway operator Grup Feroviar Roman (GFR) for a new train charging system at the border point with Ukraine in Vadul Siret-Doreşti.

Panaite said the new system, which will be operational in mid-October, will allow Comvex to process an additional 120,000 tonnes of grain per month. The operator is also adding a second automated quality control system that will double its train processing capacity.

In turn, port operator SOCEP SA announced that it has invested €10 million in new equipment at its grain and ship loading terminal.

Viorel Panaite, who is also president of the Constanta Port Operators, said some port operators are using a digital system that reduces the time it takes to process customs declarations to 30 minutes, from 48 hours previously.

"More than half of the 13 grain operators in the Port of Constanta are already authorized or will be authorized to use the new system," Panaite said.

In terms of trade, at the beginning of the week the prices of grain for delivery to the port of Constanta were: bread wheat - 216 EUR/ton, feed wheat - 204 EUR/ton, corn - 185 EUR/ton, barley - 177 EUR/ton, sunflower – 413 dollars/ton.

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