Attacks on ports and protests on the western borders are affecting the demand of traders
Risks in ports and problems at western crossings have a significant impact on the willingness of participants in the world grain market to cooperate with Ukraine.
Despite the strike by Russian missiles on a bulk carrier in the port of Odesa, the sea corridor is working. However, similar precedents affect the cost of freight and the willingness of participants in the global grain market to work with Ukraine. Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Mykola Solskyi stated this on the air of the Yedyny Novyni telethon.
“First of all, it (ed. note: sea corridor) is functioning. Secondly, this is a precedent that affects the cost of freight, the willingness of traders, other participants of the grain market in Ukraine and outside of Ukraine, who buy grain from us, to work with Ukraine,” said Solskyi.
The minister noted that traders and shipowners did not rule out such a development. When the first rockets hit the ports of Ismail and Reni, there was some concern. However, eventually everyone learned to work in such conditions.
“Both Renee and Ishmael have been facing such problems from time to time for the past few months. That’s why we understand that Odesa ports also need to be protected. No one stopped. Everyone is still doing it. The processes are improving day by day,” the official noted.
Commenting on the blockade of the Ukrainian-Polish border by Polish carriers, Solskyi emphasized that this problem is significant and has consequences for both Ukraine and Poland. However, it is not worth talking about the development of the crisis at the moment. Negotiations between Ukraine and Poland continue every day at all levels, from the ambassador to the leadership of the two countries.