From December 18-22, under USAID’s Economic Resilience Activity (ERA), six modular or prefabricated (prefab) buildings, were delivered for installation at the border crossing point (BCP) in the Volyn region. Manufactured by the Dnipro-based manufacturing company Artmetal Ukraine, the modular buildings will be used as offices by Customs and Border Guard officials.
“In cooperation with our international partners, the Agency for Restoration is already actively modernizing the border crossing points that we have taken over. Capital repairs, improvement, restoration of border highways – this complex of works is necessary both for increasing the carrying capacity and for the comfort of people”, says Mustafa Nayem, the Head of the State Agency for Restoration and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine (SARDI).
The necessary ground preparation, dismantling of the existing prefabricated buildings, and connecting the telephone and internet networks, will continue throughout December and into early January. When the installations are completed, each prefab building will boast of power supply, lighting system, telephone and Internet access, heating, air conditioning, and office furniture.
“Under the contract with USAID ERA, we are to manufacture 32 modular structures and a canopy, which come in six different sizes and for different uses including restrooms, canopy, and offices. We are now completing the first batch of such buildings for one of the border crossing points in the Volyn region. Our mission is to make rapid construction accessible and to improve conditions for those who use these mobile buildings, so that people can work comfortably and conveniently”, says Oleg Myroshnychenko, CEO of Artmetal Ukraine.
The Volyn road BCP, which connects Ukraine with Poland, holds significant strategic export importance and is a priority BCP for improving the country’s logistical infrastructure. The modernization of Ukraine’s border crossing points will facilitate more efficient export of grains to international markets. For Ukraine, being one of the leading global grain exporters, this not only contributes to strengthening the country’s economy but also plays a key role in preventing a global food crisis.
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.