First caravan with grain leaves Ukrainian port
5 August, 2022

The first caravan of ships with Ukrainian grain set off from Odesa Oblast on the morning of August 5. Three bulk carriers NAVI STAR, ROJEN and POLARNET are carrying 57,000 tons of Ukrainian corn destined for Turkey, United Kingdom, and Ireland, announced the Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov.

"Today's caravan resumed shipping from the port of Chornomorsk. We expect that the security guarantees of our partners from the UN and Turkey will continue to work, and the export of food from our ports will become stable and predictable for all market participants," he said.

To this end, the Ministry of Infrastructure plans to ensure the ability of ports to handle more than 100 vessels per month. Although the "grain corridor" has already started working at the exit, the goal is the full operation of the ports in both directions.

"We receive applications from ship owners who are ready to enter our ports for loading, and the first entry is expected tomorrow. Our goal is to export 3 or more million tons of agricultural products every month from the ports of Odesa, Chornomorsk, and Pivdennyi," Kubrakov clarified.

The official adds that such steps are needed not only for the Ukrainian economy, but also for the world. The sooner Ukraine manages to export 20 million tons of last year's harvest and start exporting new ones, the faster the food situation in the world will improve.