The Grain Bridge project: DB’s plan to unlock Ukrainian grain

Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is planning to transport grain on rail from Ukraine to German ports to help unlock the 20 million tonnes of grain that are still stuck at Odesa

The German railway company has decided to use its humanitarian aid rail network to transport Ukrainian grain to Germany in the ports of Rostock, Hamburg, and Brake.

More specifics next week

“We already run several trains a day with grain through Europe to various seaports with our European DB Cargo subsidiaries in Poland and Romania. Now the aim is to expand these agricultural exports” a DB spokesperson told However, the German company does not have accurate data on the amount of grain it will be able to move.

DB plans to provide further information on the Grain Bridge project next week. Oliver Luksic, German Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport, and Dr. Sigrid Evelyn Nikutta, CEO of DB Cargo, are expected to present the project.

Not only DB

Deutsche Bahn is not the only railway company that is working on solutions to unlock the transportation of grain from Ukraine. Last week, Austria-based railway company ÖBB Rail Cargo Group launched the GrainLane initiative. GrainLane aims at connecting Ukrainian grain producers with customers and logistics providers.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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