EC PRESENTS DIGITAL SOLUTIONS TO EXPORT UKRAINIAN GOODS
On 23rd June CLECAT joined the second meeting organised by DG MOVE on the EU-Ukraine Solidarity Lanes, to support the export of Ukrainian agricultural goods blocked in the Black Sea ports. Representatives from the Ukrainian government as well as transport logistics providers reported on developments with regards to the volume of goods currently exported, the situation at border points with the EU and addressed the current logistical and administrative challenges from the initiative.
The European Commission presented four digital solutions that have been launched to facilitate exchanges and business offers between Ukrainian producers and logistics service providers:
- The EU-Ukraine Business Matchmaking Platform, launched on 3rd June and operated by the Enterprise Europe Network brings together businesses in the EU and Ukraine to identify new logistics chains for the export and import of products and materials from/to Ukraine, find new partners for logistics and international trade, and to share insights on solutions and initiatives to rethink logistics and supply chains, adapt infrastructure and get the right equipment and machinery to the right place. More than 475 companies have registered to this platform so far, representing Ukrainian exporters, international transport and logistics service providers as well as companies providing storage capacity.
- The transport and logistics platform Transporeon presented their initiatives to help export Ukrainian agricultural goods. The platform launched both individual and collaborative capacity matchmaking exercises, bringing all interested parties together to create business links. In parallel, the Sixfold Visibility Platform identifies live congestion and transit-times for rail terminals, ports and border crossing for all involved parties.
- The Grainlane app offers functionalities of a trading platform for grain, speeding up the matching process between supply and demand. This is especially relevant for the export of grain from Ukraine via land transport since new business relationships and supply chains are being formed. It has been co-developed by v_labs and Rail Cargo Group as part of their innovation program and will hopefully help to optimise grain export from Ukraine. If adopted well by the community, additional functionalities will be added such as specifications of border crossings or a logistics demand database short term.
- The Port Community of Odessa presented its initiative on data sharing in transport corridors between business and authorities, named Data driven Ukraine – European Union Transport Solutions (DUETs). The project intends to provide a complementary solution to matchmaking platforms, through setting up a digital environment for electronic data exchange between businesses and authorities in the newly created transport corridors. It will address inefficiencies and bottlenecks on the network, e.g. some trucks returning empty because of lack of information. While the main focus is currently on the emergency situation to enhance and speed up data exchanges on the movement of goods, the project aims to support long-term sustainable solutions and provide standards for data exchanges in accordance with EU requirements.