The sale contract for the first shipment of grain exported from Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion was canceled before reaching its destination in Lebanon due to the delay in delivery, the Ukrainian embassy in Lebanon said.
The “Razoni”, a Sierra Leone-flagged freighter, set sail on August 1 from the Ukrainian port of Odessa on the Black Sea with 26,000 tons of corn, and was due to dock on Sunday at the port of Tripoli, in Lebanon.
But the five-month delivery delay “prompted the buyer and the shipper to agree to cancel the order,” the Ukrainian embassy said in a statement released shortly before midnight on Tuesday night.
According to the embassy, the shipper is studying “other purchase orders.”
The “Razoni”, which is currently in Mersin, in southern Turkey, according to the Marine Traffic internet portal, was inspected last week by Turkish and Russian experts off the coast of Istanbul.
Russia and Ukraine signed two separate agreements on July 22, validated by Turkey and the United Nations, to allow exports of Ukrainian grains blocked by the war that began on February 24 and Russian agricultural products despite Western sanctions against Moscow. .
In total, eight ships have set sail since the signing of the agreement, according to the Ukrainian authorities. They expect that between three and five more ships can leave daily in these two weeks.