On Aug. 1, Ukraine’s first Black Sea grain ship since the war with Russia began carried 26,500 metric tons of corn destined for Tripoli, Lebanon.
This shipment was the result of a July 23 agreement between Russia and Ukraine (mediated by the United Nations and Turkey) that enabled the resumption of grain exports out of key Ukrainian ports — Odesa, Chornomorsk, and Yuzhny.
Once the first shipment passes inspection, dates and timing for additional shipments will be finalized, according to the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC), which is responsible for overseeing the export of Ukrainian grain.
As a major exporter of grain, Ukraine exported an estimated 45 million metric tons (MMT) of wheat and coarse grains in marketing year 2020/21, according to the USDA.
These exports accounted for 69 percent of the country’s total production.
In MY 2022/23, USDA projects Ukraine will export 20.8 MMT of wheat and coarse grains — 41 percent of the country’s total production.
In a July 23 video message, the U.S. Agency for International Development indicated roughly 20 MMT of wheat and corn have been blocked from leaving the port of Odesa.