UKRAINIAN Railways (UZ) has begun working with the country’s postal service Ukrposhta to restructure logistics chains to increase reliance on the railway both during the Russian invasion and after the war.

The first train carrying goods operated on April 1. UZ says that with roads more dangerous, and journeys taking a lot longer due to checkpoints, the logistics chains need to be restructured and that the railway is clearly the most reliable and predictable solution currently available.

UZ also highlights the need to carry more goods than usual, including humanitarian aid comprising food kits and business equipment.

UZ also says that the development of rail postal services is in line with European Union (EU) policy to double rail’s share of multimodal transport by 2030 to reduce congestion and CO2emissions.

An in-depth round-up of the rail industry’s response to the invasion and how it has affected the sector is available in the April edition of IRJ. It can also be read here.