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UCAB urges Justice Ministry to increase service life of food tanks by 15 years

KYIV. May 4 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Ukrainian Agribusiness Club (UCAB) has applied to the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine with a request to expedite the registration of Order No. 267 adopted by the Ministry of Infrastructure on March 29 to increase the maximum service life of tanks for transporting food products from 45 to 60 years.

As reported on the UCAB website on Wednesday, the corresponding changes are necessary due to difficulties in the circulation of rail tank cars for the transport of vegetable oils in the conditions of Russia’s military invasion.

Extending the life limit to 60 years could attract additional 500 rail tankers to transport sunflower oil and significantly improve the difficult logistical situation, the association believes.

"A significant number of tanks available in Ukraine turned out to be blocked in the Ukrzaliznytsia network at the entrances to the port stations Mykolaiv, Zhovtneva, Kherson, Berehova and directly in the ports where sunflower oil was traditionally transshipped. These circumstances led to a shortage of rolling stock and a rapid drop in oil exports from Ukraine," the report notes.

UCAB, referring to the data of Ukrzaliznytsia, clarified that the rail transportation of sunflower oil in March 2022 decreased by 5 times compared to March 2021, to 51,000 tonnes.

"Given the above circumstances, many oil processing plants, which, despite the difficult situation in the country, do not stop production, have found themselves in a difficult situation due to the limited storage capacity for oil and its timely export due to the lack of railway tanks," the association emphasizes.

In its opinion, the situation can be resolved by registering Order of the Ministry of Infrastructure No. 267 to increase the maximum service life of tanks for transporting food products from 45 to 60 years. The corresponding document has already been sent to the Ministry of Justice for state registration.