On December 6, USAID Economic Resilience Activity (ERA) delivered a 50-kW generator to the railway border crossing point in the Volyn region. The generator will provide backup power to one of the largest cargo BCPs on Ukraine’s borders and help manage the disruptions to the flow of cargo out of Ukraine.
As Ukraine continues to deal with challenges brought on by the war, and Russia’s attacks on critical infrastructure in particular, support such as this is vital in managing the disruptions to the flow of cargo out of Ukraine, thereby safeguarding grain exports.
“Continuing to secure the railway infrastructure with alternative power sources and enhancing its energy resilience is of paramount importance. The previous batch of industrial generators received from USAID has been installed at our facilities throughout Ukraine, and this generator will provide backup power for one of the international border crossings. Even in the face of electricity shortages due to hostile shelling, we will be able to maintain the transportation of goods. Thanks to our partners who assist us in managing these challenges,” said Oleksiy Statnik, Director of the Electrification and Power Supply Department at JSC Ukrzaliznytsia.
USAID ERA is working on the rapid modernization of the BCPs to increase operational efficiency, to improve the logistics of cargo transportation, and increase the volume of trade and the export of grain.
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.