Maxi bags are large reusable bags with a capacity of 18 cubic meters for transporting or storing grain and other bulk materials. One bag can hold 14 tons of grain. These bags were manufactured by Ukrainian company Arivapak. They will help Agro KMR transport grain from elevator to European countries.
“The company used to load grain into 800 kg bags. We learned about the technology of using maxi bags in March 2023; the website of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine had information about it and an invitation to a roundtable for agricultural producers held by USAID ERA, where they talked about this technology. Now we have received the maxi bags and plan to use them at the elevator in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. These maxi bags will allow us to export an additional 15,000 tons of grain per year,” says AGRO KMR director Clément Coussens.
In 2022, the company exported about 12,000 tons of grain by vehicles and surface transportation. This year, the company has already exported 16,000 tons of grain and plans to export about 40,000 tons by the end of the year.
AGRO KMR is a grain company with a production capacity of about 40,000 tons of agricultural products (rapeseed, wheat, sunflower) and storage capacity, including simultaneous storage at its own elevator with a capacity of 15,000 tons.
USAID ERA partnering companies N`Unit (New Ukrainian Network of Intermodal Terminals) and Agromino are using already maxi bags.
USAID ERA is promoting this technology for transporting grain which is new in Ukraine, although it has been used for more than 10 years in the European Union and United States for the transport of bulk cargo. The bags are made of polymeric fabric and guarantee the tightness of the cargo (grain) and its protection during transport. With Russia blocking Black Sea ports, they will help reorient Ukraine’s grain exports by road and rail, accelerate grain exports and allow Ukraine to supply and guarantee global food security during the war.
Assistance to agricultural producers and infrastructure companies is part of USAID’s Agriculture Resilience Initiative – Ukraine, implemented by USAID. It aims to help Ukraine increase its capacity to produce, store, transport, and export grain.
For more information about the Ukrainian manufacturer of maxi bags, please follow the link: https://arivapak.com/.