WORLD Ukrainian seaports ship 9 mln tons foodstuffs under grain deal

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Ukrainian seaports ship 9 mln tons foodstuffs under grain deal

Xinhua

07:36, October 28, 2022

A farmer talks on his cell phone as his freshly harvested wheat is unloaded from a trolley at the grain market in Amritsar district of India's northern Punjab state, April 19, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)

KIEV, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Ukraine's Black Sea ports have shipped 9 million tons of foodstuffs under a key grain deal signed in July, the country's Infrastructure Ministry said Thursday.

A total of 397 vessels loaded with agricultural products have departed from the ports of Odesa, Chornomorsk and Pivdenny since the deal took effect on Aug. 1, the ministry said on Facebook.

On Thursday alone, seven vessels carrying 102,000 tons of foodstuffs left Ukrainian ports for countries in Asia, Europe and Africa, it said.

On July 22, Ukraine and Russia separately signed a deal with Türkiye and the United Nations in Istanbul to resume food and fertilizer shipments from Ukrainian ports to international markets via the Black Sea.

The agreement is due to expire in November, and Ukrainian officials have said that Kiev is interested in extending the deal and expanding the range of goods for exports.

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