AGRI-Ukraine Export Logistics Support

USAID Economic Resilience Activity (ERA) work under AGRI-Ukraine

The Agriculture Resilience Initiative – Ukraine (AGRI-Ukraine) is a $350 million USAID initiative that was established in 2022 to bolster Ukrainian agriculture exports and help alleviate the global food security crisis exacerbated by Putin’s brutal war on Ukraine.

AGRI-Ukraine is strengthening Ukraine’s immediate agricultural export resilience, to support Ukrainian farmers and reduce global food insecurity.

USAID ERA is one of the implementing partners under AGRI-Ukraine, with an approximately $30 million mandate to enhance Ukrainian infrastructure capacity to efficiently export agricultural goods.

ERA is supporting market system resilience through alternatives to the traditional Black Sea ports that are threatened by Russia’s blockades. Such measures include overland rail export via the EU and use of the Danube River to export from Romanian Black Sea ports.

Insufficient transshipment equipment for new export routes Procuring transshipment equipment such as telescopic loaders and bucket loaders
Procuring transshipment equipment such as generators and tractors
Procuring transshipment equipment such as temporary storage
Facilitating increased use of return trip containers available for grain export
Procured and is distributing 14-16 ton reusable mega big bags (MBBs) to leading exporters
Border crossing points (BCPs) between Ukraine and the EU are not equipped for new volumes with the needed equipment, laboratories, facilities or storages in place Procuring laboratory grain testing equipment for state laboratories to speed up the pre-approvals to accommodate increased demand at new export routes
Providing additional pilot boat capacity to increase efficiency of operations and throughput on the Danube River
Assessing and starting procurement to design new border crossing points (BCPs) at Yahodyn (Ukraine-Poland border) and Uzhhorod (Ukraine-Slovakia border), the two highest export traffic BCPs
Inadequate number and quality of wagons to meet the increased demand for rail transport of agricultural commodities Procurement of EU-compliant wagons


Timothy Madigan, ERA Chief of Party,

Bill Mays, ERA AGRI Director,

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