Ukrainian grain shipment arrives at Albanian port – EURACTIV.com
A Ukrainian ship loaded with 6,000 tons of wheat arrived at the Albanian port of Durres on Wednesday August 10 following the agreement negotiated between Ukraine and Russia by Turkey and the UN.
The Jaohar Ranim vessel left the port of Izmail, Ukraine, and arrived in Albania early Wednesday morning.
Jaohar Ranim is the first Ukrainian grain ship to reach Albania since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
As of Tuesday, 12 ships carrying grain left Ukraine after months of stalemate, meaning millions of tonnes of grain were stuck in ports in the beleaguered country. Russia’s blockade, combined with the looting of Ukrainian grain products, has led to soaring prices across the world and fears of severe food shortages and even epidemics of famine.
Four ships left Ukraine on Sunday and were inspected in Istanbul on Tuesday. The inspections are taking place at the insistence of Russia, which says the ships could be carrying weapons for black market.
The resumption of grain exports is overseen by a Joint Coordination Center (JCC) in Istanbul, staffed by Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and UN staff.
Ukraine hopes to export 20 million tonnes of grain in silos and 40 million of its new crop, the country’s economic adviser Oleh Ustenko said in July. The government hopes to earn $10 billion for its shattered economy from these volumes, but Ustenko said it could take 20 to 24 months to export them if the ports aren’t functioning properly.
Albania had struggled to find an alternative source for the grain it consumed from Ukraine, continuing to import from Russia instead, as well as Serbia. Prices have risen dramatically, causing some bakeries to close and the citizens of one of Europe’s poorest countries are feeling the pinch even more.
Wednesday’s shipment is in the name of a private company. The Albanian government does not have large stocks of cereals.