July, 31 July, 30 2008 the inauguration of new second one gantry crane Liebherr passed on the 2nd berth of Odessa port.
The participants of Grand Alliance declared about opening a new service between the ports of Asia and Black Sea: Shanghai—Ningbo—Shekou—Singapore—Suez—Istanbul—Constantsa—Odessa—Constantsa—Istanbul—Damietta—Suez—Jidda—Singapore—Shanghai.
On June, 26 in obedience to the order of the Ministry of transport and communications of Ukraine, fee rates and pays for the services given to ships of a foreign navigation in Ukrainian sea ports are being increased in 1.6 times.
The Ministry of transport and communications of Ukraine proposes to increase railway passenger and cargo tariffs 5,5 and 9,6 per cents during third quarter of 2008.
Illichivsk port has reconstructed entry channel, which was allowed to increase its depths up to 14,5 m and to provide arrival of ocean container ships with 5,000 TEU capacity.
“Ukraine can lose 1,000,000 tons of yearly traffic in transit of raw sugar” — Evgenij Novikov, General Director of Association of Transport and Forwarding Organizations of Ukraine “Ukrzovnishtrans”
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine repeatedly confirmed the Conception of development of sea ports up to 2015.
On July, 9 the first ship-panamax, GEOCAND moored to the 29 berth of the Khlebnaya harbour for the new harvest grain which is to be loaded onboard by the brigades of Brooklyn-Kiev stevedoring company.
Pursuant to data from the 7th InterTransport-2008 international conference, opened in Odessa, container transshipment of Ukraine was multiplied on 37.6% during first 4 months of year than the proper result of previous year, to 378.42 thousands of TEU.
On July, 5 FESCO Transport Group opened a regular FESCO Black Sea Service container line between the ports of Ukraine and China, as well as Singapore.
On July, 2 the State Customs Service of Ukraine changed technology of the South Customs House s work on registration of trucks, exported containers with the import cargoes from Odessa and Illichevsk sea ports (the letter No. 11/5–19/7231-ЕП dd. 02.07.2008).
On 16 May 2008 Ukraine became full member of the World Trade Organization.