Ukraine’s Danube ports are boosting the grain trade by quadrupling outbound sailings compared with 2021.
Reni, Izmail and Kiliia together recorded 370 outbound sailings of commercial vessels since March, according to Lloyd’s List Intelligence vessel tracking data. That compares with 90 in the year-earlier period.
The Danube ports are keeping trade flowing, but it is not at the scale the world needs to avoid a food crisis. Russia’s blockade of ports in the Black Sea and Azov Sea has stopped 25m tonnes of corn, sunflower oil, wheat and other agricultural products from being exported, according to recent remarks by Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.