A cargo ship with 18,000 tons of Ukrainian corn arrived in Spain today, because, according to the Spanish Agricultural Association, the cargo went across the Baltic Sea for the first time in order to avoid the Russian blockade.
The ship “Alppila”, which sailed under the Finnish flag, arrived this morning in Corun, Galicia in northwestern Spain, where corn intended for animal feed is to be unloaded.
Romania, Poland, Germany, and Spain
According to the Galician Association of animal feed producers (AGAFAC), to which the order was sent, the corn was transported from Ukraine to Romania and Poland by truck before it arrived in the Polish port of Swinoujscie on the Baltic Sea.
The ship then docked in the German port of Brunsbuttel northwest of Hamburg before reaching the Spanish coast.
– This is the first sending of grain to the new maritime route opened in the Baltic in order to bypass the blockade that the Russian navy has been holding in Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea since the beginning of the war – stated the Spanish company AGAFAC.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Agriculture could not confirm for France Presse that this is the first time that goods have been delivered on this route.
When the Russian special operation in Ukraine began on February 24, the export of cereals and fertilizers was blocked, threatening a food crisis in many countries, primarily in Africa and the Middle East.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Kyiv currently exports two million tons of grain by train every month, but that it is much less than what it exported before the war through the port, especially from Odessa.
The UN and some countries, such as France and Turkey, are in favor of opening a maritime corridor across the Black Sea, which will allow Ukrainian exports to continue.
In late May, the future head of US forces in Europe, General Chris Cavoli, said that Germany had established a railway bridge with Ukraine to help Kiev export grain that had accumulated in the country due to the Russian blockade.
– The German railway company is now extracting huge quantities of grain from Ukraine via Poland and ports in the north of Germany for export – he said.