USAID ERA helps improve rail logistics between Ukraine and the European Union 

BCP Renovation and Reconstruction
05 April 2024

USAID Economic Resilience Activity (ERA) contractor, “TRADING HOUSE” MASHSERVIS” LTD, has completed the installation a total of 12 bogie exchange lifts (3 sets of 4 pieces), at the rail border crossing point (BCP) in Chernivtsi Oblast on the Ukrainian-Romanian border, operated by Ukrzaliznytsia (UZ).

The bogie exchange lifts are an efficient way to change wheel bogies to move trains and wagons from the wider gauges (1,520 mm) to standard gauges (1,435 mm) and vice versa. Each set of four lifts has the capacity to lift railcars weighing more than 100 tons. The use of the new lifts contributes to the precision of technological processes related to the rearrangement of cars and, accordingly, to the efficiency of rail freight transportation between Ukraine and the European Union.

During May and June 2024, the USAID ERA contractor will install an additional 20 lifts at the rail BCP in Lviv Oblast, on the border with Poland.

The lifts are supplied by “TRADING HOUSE” MASHSERVIS” LTD (the actual manufacturer of the lifts is a subsidiary of Plasma Company LLC), a leading Ukrainian company based in Kharkiv that manufactures and supplies equipment for Ukraine and Europe, which won the USAID ERA competitive tender. Prior to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the company sold 50% of its equipment on the domestic market and exported 50%. For now, “TRADING HOUSE” MASHSERVIS” LTD, sells 80% of its products on the domestic market and exports 20%.

“TRADING HOUSE” MASHSERVIS” LTD ensures high quality standards through the ISO 9001 quality management system and complies with international safety and sustainability standards. The company’s products also comply with such standards as technical specifications and the State standards of Ukraine. As such, their supply and installation of these high-standard lifts will ensure that these essential cargo-handling equipment continues to serve the economy of Ukraine for many years to come.

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.