10 ports of the Dnipro River
The Dnipro is the most-used river in Ukraine, with 10 ports and 13 loading terminals, but the Southern Bug and the Danube are also major cargo routes, according to research conducted by Nobles Fortune in 2015. All three lead into the Black Sea.
The biggest utilizer of Ukraine’s rivers today by far is Nibulon, a leading grain and oilseeds exporter. In light of Ukraine's poor river infrastructure, the company has built its own fleet of tugs and barges, as well as several elevator complexes and terminals.
The company has repeatedly lobbied not for the single fee proposed under the new law, but the cancellation of all fees. Instead, Nibulon wants an excise tax to be introduced on ship fuel, which would then be reinvested into river infrastructure.