Ukraine in talks to ship agricultural exports through Romanian Black Sea port Constanta – ministry

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LVIV, Ukraine, March 30 (Reuters)Ukraine is in talks with Romania on shipping its agricultural exports through Romania’s Black Sea port of Constanta after the Russian invasion blocked Ukrainian ports, Ukraine’s agriculture ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. communicated.

Ukraine, one of the world’s leading exporters of grains and vegetable oils, has enough stocks to meet its food needs for two years, but will lose $1.5 billion a month in agricultural exports due to the Russian invasion, the ministry said.

ROman’s agriculture ministry has confirmed talks on how to help Ukraine deliver its exports through the port of Constanta “as soon as possible”.

The Port of Constanta has the capacity to handle additional shipments, officials said.

Romania shares the borders of the Black Sea – a major maritime artery for grain and oil – with Bulgaria, Turkey and Ukraine, which Russia invaded more than a month ago by land, air and maritime.

Cargo traffic through Constanta and other Romanian ports increased by 8% this year compared to the same period of 2021, according to the data. In terms of volumes, the daily average of goods in transit increased by 30,000 tonnes per day on average in March to reach 160,000 tonnes per day.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets and Luiza Ilie in Bucharest; Writing by Matthias Williams, Editing by Timothy Heritage and Ed Osmond)

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