50% of grain is transported by waterways in Germany and France

In Germany and France, river transportation is significantly competitive with freight transport by road and rail. Due to the low cost of water transportation, from 40% to 50% of grain is transported by inland waterways.

This trend was noted by the participants of the L.A.B. project, reports CTS.

The transportation of 1 ton of cargo by barge costs €10 on a 300-kilometer stretch of the Seine, while transportation by road costs €13-15 per ton, by rail — €15-18 per ton.

It is noted that in France, the bulk of transport by inland waterways is conducted by rivers, the key one being the Seine. The vessels with a cargo capacity of 1.5-2 thousand tons are most popular here. In the upper reaches of the river, the draft is limited to 2-2.5 m, barges are used up to 700 tons.

"If in France, it is the river transport, but the Germans are using the extensive system of navigable canals. The most common barges on German canals are the ones with a deadweight of up to 1.5 thousand tons. The maximum draft of river vessels here is 2.5-2.8 m, and the length limit is 67 m, which is caused by the size of the locks in the country," the report says.

Reference: the Mariupol Investment Group (UkrTransAgro, UTA Logistic) in partnership with the Center for Transport Strategies (CTS) launched a new project — L.A.B. Logistic Agro Benchmark.

Latifundist.com, in terms of the exclusive cooperation with the CTS, will tell about the European experience of agrologistics and the possibility of its application in Ukraine.

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