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Ukriform | Two more dry cargo ships load with grain leave Chornomorsk port, 9 Aug
"This morning, Liberian-flagged OCEAN LION departed from Chornomorsk to South Korea [AFRICA!] carrying 64,720 tonnes of corn. Turkish-flagged RAHMİ YAĞCI also departed from Chornomorsk to deliver 5,300 tonnes of sunflower cake to Istanbul [AFRICA!]," the Ministry of Defense of Turkey posted on Twitter.
Zelensky holds phone conversation with DR Congo president, 9 Aug
"Had a conversation with President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Felix Tshisekedi. During the first ever talks between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ukraine, I stressed the need to overcome food crisis caused by the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine. I noted the importance of the Democratic Republic of Congo support for Ukraine, particularly in the UN"
Al Jazeera | DR Congo expels UN peacekeeping mission [MONUSCO] spokesman after protests, 3 Aug
by Cat on Tue Aug 9th, 2022 at 02:25:12 PM EST
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S&P Global | Ukraine's wheat exports slump 53% on year to 325,000 mt in MY 2022-23, 1 Aug comme ci, comme ça
As of July 29, Ukrainian farmers harvested 8 million mt wheat, down 52.7% on the year, according to ministry data. The data showed Ukraine had harvested around 16.9 million mt wheat till the same period last year.

The Ukrainian Grain Association has its Ukraine wheat output estimate for MY 2022-23 at 20.8 million mt, 37% below the previous year's level. The USDA, in its July World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report released July 12, pegged Ukraine's wheat harvest at 19.5 million mt in MY 2022-23. Platts Analytics sees Ukraine's wheat production in MY 2022-23 at 20 million-22 million mt.

S&P Global | Corn bulk ship leaves Chornomorsk port for South Korea; concerns over quality, 9 Aug
"For the case of Ocean Lion, there is a risk of being rejected as she was not loaded freshly recently. Part of the cargo was already loaded [prior to the invasion]," said a trader.

The aflatoxin content is an important specification requirement for corn arriving in South Korea.

"Aflatoxin is a critical toxin, if it is over 20 ppb, we cannot use it [for feed production] and will have to reject the cargo," said a South Korean feed buyer.

Earlier, the Razoni -- the first bulk ship to leave Ukraine's deepsea ports Aug. 1 -- did not arrive at Lebanon's Tripoli port as scheduled.

The Embassy of Ukraine in Lebanon has said that "the buyer in Lebanon refused to accept the cargo due to delays in delivery terms (more than 5 months). So, the shipper is looking for another consignee to offload his cargo either in Lebanon/Tripoli or any other country/port" via a post on the embassy's official Facebook page. The Razoni was carrying about 26,000 mt corn.

USDA | EU Grain Summer Update 2022, 29 July: "MY 2022/23 EU total grain production is forecast at 273.8 MMT, down from the 293.1 MMT estimated for the previous marketing year."
by Cat on Tue Aug 9th, 2022 at 10:57:44 PM EST
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wut: "Jaohar Ranim is the first Ukrainian ship carrying grain to reach Albania since Russia invaded Ukraine in February."
by Cat on Thu Aug 11th, 2022 at 04:02:34 PM EST
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euronews | Wheat export ships leave ports!, 12 Aug
Two more ships left Ukraine's Black Sea ports on Friday, including one laden with the first Ukrainian wheat to be exported under a UN-brokered deal, Turkey's defence ministry said.
•  Belize-flagged Sormovsky, departs Chornomorsk, 3,050 mt of wheat, destination: Tekirdag, TR
• Marshall Island-flagged Star Laura, departs Pivdennyi, 60,000 mt of corn, destination: Iran
• UN WFP-flagged MV Brave Commander, arrives Odesa port, ? mt of wheat, destination: Ethiopia [!]
So far most of the cargoes under the deal have carried grain for animal feed or for fuel, heading to Turkey or Western Europe. ..."[Brave Commander will be] the first delivery of humanitarian food aid under the Black Sea Grain Initiative," WFP spokesman Tomson Phiri told a news briefing earlier in Geneva. The WFP hopes there will be regular humanitarian shipments thereafter.
by Cat on Sat Aug 13th, 2022 at 04:04:48 PM EST
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UN | JCC Progress report, 1-15 August 2022, 19 Aug
From 1 to 15 August, the JCC has authorized a total of 36 movements of vessels (21 outbound and 15 inbound) through the maritime humanitarian corridor in the Black Sea to facilitate the safe exports of grain, foodstuffs and fertilizer, including ammonia, from Ukrainian ports.

• 451,481 MT of corn [comestible and coarse?]
• 50,300 MT of sunflower meal
• 41,622 MT of wheat
• 11,000 MT of soya beans
• 6,000 MT of sunflower oil
• 2,914 MT of sunflower seed

"According to information provided to the JCC, the preliminary destinations of Ukrainian food exports so far include":

• Türkiye: 26%
• Iran: 22%
• Republic of Korea: 22%
• China: 8%
• Ireland: 6%
• Italy: 5%
• Republic of Djibouti!: 4% [23,000 MT of wheat!]
• Romania: 2%
• To be determined: 5%

by Cat on Fri Aug 19th, 2022 at 10:07:54 PM EST
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UN tabulation, 3-25 Aug JCC outbound UKRAINE "grain" vessels
• Djibouti    Wheat    23,300    21-Aug-22
• Egypt       Corn      45,000    TBD
• Sudan      Wheat    65,340    TBD
• Egypt       Wheat    25,500    24-Aug-22

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Slava Ukraini!

by Cat on Sat Aug 27th, 2022 at 04:36:53 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Aug 30th, 2022 at 05:44:54 PM EST
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