Have you ever been on site during transport, e.g. in Záhony during transshipment?
With my customers, transshipment usually takes place in Ukraine. I haven’t had the chance to visit the site yet for this reason. However, I aim to visit the transshipment terminals in 2023.
What are the challenges faced when organising grain transport?
In my opinion, all transport from the CIS countries is unusual and comes with widely varying challenges. We are very well prepared at RCG, we already have a lot of experience and enjoy facing these challenges.
Before actual transportation takes place, we have to clarify plenty of questions, particularly when transporting grain: What transshipment method is used? Does the customer have silos near EU borders or does the product reach the terminal in another way? Does the terminal have spare capacity? How long does transshipment last? How quickly can we cross the border into the EU? Only after answering these questions are we able to ensure a quality service and transport for the long term.
How would you summarise 2022?
One year ago, we would never have been able to imagine that we would be so involved in transporting products from Ukraine. This was new territory for us, but it was also new for Ukrainian companies as well. They had exported large quantities before, just not by rail. We at RCG started to put our focus on exporting grain from Ukraine without knowing what happens and also without knowing if it would work.
In my opinion, we have achieved great things in our department. This success is not just to individual colleagues, it is a success for all of us. It’s the synergy resulting from decades of experience, of motivation and not being worried about trying out new things. As a team we are willing to work dynamically and flexibly. Every time. I am proud of being part of this team!
THIS is #RAILCORE