USAID ERA begins installation of prefabricated buildings at border crossing points in Volyn and Chernivtsi Oblasts 

BCP Renovation and Reconstruction
01 February 2024

 Artmetal Ukraine, a Dnipro-based company, under contract from the USAID’s Economic Resilience Activity (ERA), has completed the installation of the first two of 10 modular buildings at the Yahodyn-Dorohusk road border crossing point (BCP) to be used as offices for Border Guard and Customs. 

From January 24 to 29, Artmetal Ukraine also delivered four modular buildings to be installed as restrooms for Yahodyn-Dorohusk and two for Porubne-Siret BCPs. The necessary power supply and other utility connections for all the prefabricated buildings will be done by the end of February to enable the facilities to become fully functional.The installation of the modular buildings will improve the working conditions of Customs and Border Guard and make it more comfortable for people crossing the Ukrainian-Polish and Ukrainian-Romanian borders. 

“I thank our partners from USAID for their systematic support of Ukraine’s modernization, in particular in strengthening Ukraine’s export capacity. The development of border crossing points will allow us to optimize their operation and, accordingly, increase trade turnover,” commented Oleksandr Kubrakov, Vice Prime Minister for Reconstruction of Ukraine, Minister of Communities, Territories and Infrastructure of Ukraine.

These facilities are the first of 33 units that will improve the operational efficiency of four key border crossing points on Ukraine’s western border: “Yahodyn-Dorohusk, Porubne-Siret, Luzhanka-Beregsurány, and Uzhhorod-Vyšné Nemecké, which are critical infrastructure facilities for Ukrainian grain exports. 

“The Reconstruction Agency is taking over 29 checkpoints, 23 have already been transferred to the Agency’s management, and repair work has begun at 11. Our task is to improve export logistics. We are grateful to USAID for its consistent systemic support of the Reconstruction Agency and participation in the development of the checkpoints,” said Mustafa Nayem, Head of the State Agency for Reconstruction and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine.

As a leading grain exporter, Ukraine will benefit greatly from the optimization of its transportation systems through USAID’s major improvements at these two checkpoints. This modernization will ensure that Ukrainian grain can reach world markets faster and more efficiently, strengthening the local economy while contributing significantly to global food security. 

Background: Between 2023-2026, USAID, through the Economic Resilience Activity (ERA), is dedicating $115 million to support the State Agency for Restoration and Development of Infrastructure of Ukraine (SARDI), Ukrainian Railways (UZ), and State Customs Services, to upgrade border crossing points (BCPs) to improve grain trade and export volumes.