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Ukraine aims to boost truck capacity 5-fold at Moldova-Romania border for rebuild, exports

The Ukrainian Ministry for Restoration has started talks with neighboring nations to expand traffic capacity through the southeastern town of Reni, on the borders of both Romania and Moldova, to boost exports and help rebuild Ukraine.

The project would reconstruct the road from the town of Reni, in the extreme southwest corner of Ukraine, to the Moldovan town of Giurgulesti, which connects to the European Union member nation of Romania and its Black Sea ports, the Ukrainian Ministry for Restoration said on its website.

Traffic capacity on the route would jump to 250 trucks a day, from the current 50, as the road from Reni through to Giurgulesti and the Romanian border would expand from two to four lanes in a so-called "green corridor," the ministry said.

The border checks between Ukraine to Moldova would be combined into a single operation, carried out by Moldova, and controls at the Romanian border would be coordinated with Moldovan authorities, the Ukrainian government said.

The Romanian government announced last month that it is in talks to buy the Danube River port at Giurgiulesti in Moldova from its current owned, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to transform it into a shipping hub for the reconstruction of Ukraine after the war.

Romanian Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu also said he spoke with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen about using EU funds to build a bridge for road and rail traffic across the Danube River near the port to ease access for traffic into and from Ukraine.

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