January 23, 2024, 15:43

In December, the Big Odesa showed the best port logistics performance since the full-scale invasion, with over 6 million tons of products exported

Despite the Poland border blockade appearing in recent months, Ukraine exported its produce, in particular via the Black Sea corridor. Thus, in December 2023, the ports of the Big Odesa metropolitan area showed improved logistics performance, shoring it up to be one of the peak shipping seasons for the full-blown war period.

Denys Marchuk, Deputy Chairman of the Ukrainian Agrarian Council said this during a briefing at the Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform. 

“The Big Odesa ports logistics operations proved December to be one of the best for the period of the full-scale invasion with 4.8 million tons of grain exports. In total, Ukraine managed to export more than 6 million metric tons of food in December. So, had it not been the Black Sea working, the consequences of blocking the crossings between the Polish and Ukrainian borders would have been even worse,” explained Denys Marchuk.

At the same time, according to him, over two million tons of products were exported through the Black Sea in 20 days of January this year, and the figures indicate further potential.

“Today, more than 36 ships are waiting to be loaded, including with agricultural products. And in terms of security, which is guaranteed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, we are able to attract international companies to enter the Ukraine port infrastructure, to Odesa ports, and accordingly to potentially reach the grains and oilseeds exports expand,” added Denys Marchuk.

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