Maize Cargo From Ukraine Arrives In Spain

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  • The Finnish-flagged cargo ship, the Alppila, arrived at A Coruña, using a new export route from Ukraine for the first time.
  • It then called in at Brunsbuettel in northern Germany before heading for Spain.
  • Russia also is a major exporter of grain.

According to CNN, a cargo ship carrying 18,000 tonnes of Ukrainian corn arrived in Spain on June 13 after travelling through the Baltic Sea to avoid Russia’s blockade imposed after its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, according to a statement from the Agafac regional feed manufacturers association in Spain as reported by World-Grain.

New export route

The Alppila, a Finnish-flagged cargo ship, arrived in A Corua for the first time, using a new export route from Ukraine. The grain was delivered by truck to the northwestern Polish port of Swinoujscie on the Baltic Sea’s coasts, according to Agafac, which placed the order. It then stopped in Brunsbuettel, Germany, before continuing on to Spain.

Ukraine has constructed two-grain export channels through Poland and Romania in order to avert a looming global food crisis, according to Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Dmytro Senik.

Ukraine is one of the world’s leading grain exporters, with 30 million tonnes of grain stored in Ukrainian-controlled territory that it is attempting to export through road, river, and train.

Decline in food exports 

In a recent interview with World Grain, a spokesman for the Odessa military government told World Grain that Russian blockades have essentially blocked grain exports from Ukraine’s ports, and the country needs assistance to eliminate Russia’s dominance of the Black Sea. Ukraine is a large grain exporter, accounting for 11% of global wheat exports, 12% of global corn exports, and 43% of global sunflower oil exports last year.

Russia denies targeting civilians and agricultural targets during the Ukrainian conflict, blaming the decline in food exports and rising world prices on Western sanctions and Ukrainian sea mines. Russia is also a major grain exporter.

 

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Source: World-Grain

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