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Grain Initiative: Situation with inspections stable but complicated due to Russia's actions

Monday, 27 March 2023, 14:30

Ukrainian ports Chornomorsk and Pivdennyi sent three vessels with food products for the Asian countries on 27 March within the framework of the grain initiative. The situation with inspections in the territorial waters of Türkiye is severe but stable.

Source: press service of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine on Facebook

Among the vessels there is the ASL ILEANA bulk carrier with 54.6 thousand tonnes of wheat on board for Bangladesh.


Quote: "Bangladesh acutely feels the recession which creates the problem of high food prices for the population. At the same time, the country remains the key consumer of Ukrainian wheat – since the launch of the grain initiative, Bangladesh has received over 710,000 tonnes of wheat from Ukraine. This volume could have been higher if Russians did not purposely sabotage the inspection of vessels in Türkiye."

Since 1 August, 848 vessels have departed from the ports of Velyka Odesa (the agglomeration with the centre in the city of Odesa – ed.), exporting 25.9 million tonnes of Ukrainian food products to the countries of Asia, Europe and Africa, as reported by the Ministry of Infrastructure.

At the moment 680,000 tonnes of agricultural products are being loaded to 19 vessels. Three vessels are moving along the grain corridor waiting to be loaded.

The situation with inspections in the territorial waters of Türkiye is tough but stable: on average, six inspections are carried out daily both at the entrance and departure (only a half of the number of inspections declared by the plan). As many as 94 vessels are in the queue waiting to be inspected.

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