The contract for the sale of the first shipment of grain exported by Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion has been canceled due to the delay in delivery, the Ukrainian embassy in Lebanon said.
The Razoni, a freighter flying the Sierra Leonean flag, left the Ukrainian port of Odessa on the Black Sea on August 1 with 26,000 tonnes of corn, and should have docked in the port of Tripoli, Lebanon, on Sunday.
The delivery period of five months, however, “prompted the buyer and the sender to agree on the cancellation of the order”, explained Tuesday evening the Ukrainian embassy in a press release published shortly before midnight.
According to her, the sender is studying “other purchase requests”.
The Razoni, which is currently at rest in Mersin, southern Turkey, according to the Marine Traffic tracking site, was inspected last week by Turkish and Russian experts off Istanbul.
Russia and Ukraine signed two separate agreements on July 22, validated by Turkey and the United Nations, to allow exports of Ukrainian cereals blocked by the war which began on February 24 and those of Russian agricultural products despite the sanctions. Western.
On Friday, three loads of maize left Ukraine in a convoy, bound for Ireland, England and Turkey, according to the Turkish Ministry of Defence.
On Monday, a first ship docked at its final destination, Turkey.
A total of eight ships have sailed since the agreement was signed, according to Ukrainian authorities, who hope that three to five boats will be able to leave daily within two weeks.