USAID ERA provides nine inkjet printers to rail border crossing point in Zakarpattia Oblast  

BCP Renovation and Reconstruction
17 May 2024

On May 6, the USAID Economic Resilience Activity (ERA) delivered nine inkjet printers to a rail border crossing point (BCP) in Zakarpattia Oblast that will contribute to the day-to-day operations of Ukrainian Railways (UZ).  

Earlier this year, USAID ERA also supplied 103 pieces of computer equipment to this BCP and three other priority railway BCPs in the Volyn, Lviv, and Chernivtsi Oblasts. This equipment, including printers, system units, monoblocks, laptops, and uninterruptible power supplies, will streamline workflows, expedite cargo clearance, and increase both border capacity and passenger traffic. ERA also installed four 50-kW diesel generators at these BCPs to ensure uninterrupted daily operations during power outages and accelerate the processing of shipping documents, especially during grain shipments.  

Additionally, three sets of bogie exchange lifts (a total of 12 units) were installed at a rail border crossing in Chernivtsi Oblast, with plans to install another 20 bogie lifts by the end of May at the Ukraine-Poland border in the Lviv region. These wagon lifts are an effective way to replace bogies with wide gauge wheelsets (1535 mm) with European gauge wheelsets (1420 mm) and vice versa, which contributes to the accuracy of technological processes related to the rearrangement of wagons and, accordingly, to the efficiency of cargo transportation by rail between Ukraine and the European Union. 

USAID ERA is committed to improving the efficiency of Ukraine’s rail border crossings to accelerate the processing of shipping documents, particularly for grain exports, bolstering the country’s economic resilience.  

Background: Between 2023-2026, USAID, through the Economic Resilience Activity (ERA), is dedicating $115 million to support the supports the Government of Ukraine, including the Ministry for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine (Ministry for Restoration), the State Agency for Restoration and Development of Infrastructure of Ukraine (Agency for Restoration), the State Customs Service, and Ukrainian Railways (UZ), to upgrade 42 of Ukraine’s border crossing points (BCPs).