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Poland, Ukraine To Resume Grain Transit Talks

By Donna Ahern
Poland, Ukraine To Resume Grain Transit Talks

Poland and Ukraine will resume negotiations early on Tuesday to try to reopen the transit of food and grains, the Polish agriculture minister told public radio station PR1.

The two countries held talks on Monday over bans by central eastern European countries seeking to shelter their farmers from the impact of an influx of cheaper Ukrainian grain.

Logistical Bottlenecks 

Some Black Sea ports were blocked after Russia's invasion of Ukraine and large quantities of Ukrainian grain has been trapped in Central Europe because of logistical bottlenecks.

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"We are talking with the EU as well as with Ukraine to find solutions. We want these products to go to Europe, but go deep into Europe," Agriculture Minister Robert Telus said.

"We talked yesterday, there were long talks. Today we are also sitting down for talks...These are typically technical talks to find a solution and let this transit go to Europe," he added.

Romanian Black Sea Port

Ukraine shipped 3.33 million tones of grains through the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta in the first quarter, the port authority told Reuters, as Ukrainian exporters continue to seek alternative trade routes, Reuters reportsed.

Ukraine had its Black Sea ports blocked following Russia's February 2022 invasion and found alternative shipping routes through European Union states Poland and Romania, helped by "solidarity lanes" supported by the EU.

Read More: Romanian Black Sea Port Shipped 3.33m Tones Of Ukrainian Grains In Q1

News by Reuters, edited by Donna Ahern, Checkout. For more supply chain stories, click here. Click subscribe to sign up for the Checkout print edition.

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