First large ship with 18,000 tons of Ukrainian corn reaches Galicia after escaping Russian blockade


This is the first shipment made of animal feed to escape the Russian military since the invasion began.

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Finland’s Alpila merchant ship on arrival at the port of A Korua.M. DylanEuropa Press

The first major shipment of corn from Ukraine since the Black Sea ports blocked by the Russian military when the war began—109 days ago—has arrived in Spain. Notably, it was docked at the port of Korua on Monday. aboard the Alpilia ship, where 18,000 tons of grain have been transported, which means the first shipment of grain, which alleviates feed shortages for Spanish farmers in general, and, in particular, for Galician feed manufacturers, who Will be the first to get the raw material. On Monday, grain was unloaded throughout the day at the main grain port of the Cantabrian coast.

Transport has not been freed from difficulties in escaping the Russian blockade, which is why a new sea route through the Baltic Sea has been opened for the occasion. Previously, the shipment was transported – in small quantities – by road in trucks from western Ukraine’s borders with Romania and Poland, to this second country, in western Pomerania, where it was loaded into warehouses at the port of wiuजczy. was earmarked for. Cargo bound for Galicia. Thus, he arrived at the San Diego pier at around 0600 (two days behind schedule), although earlier it was called at the German port of Braunsbüttel. It is expected that for the coming months this will be the new route using Ukrainian shipments and about 20 million tonnes will be unblocked to be in Ukraine.

It should be remembered that corn is one of the raw materials that has been hit hardest by the blockade of shipments from the so-called ‘breadbasin of Europe’ after the war broke out in Ukraine in February, which is why the Spanish livestock sector experienced shortages and most of all. , were the significant problems of high prices.

On Sunday, another load of maze – with 40,000 tons – in this case arriving from Brazil, also in the port of La Corua, to Punta Langostera. This situation comes as the European Union has relaxed phytosanitary import regulations from the United States and Latin America.

These changes in the route of the Ukrainian agricultural market come after a request by Mediterranean countries to unblock Ukrainian grain positions blocked by the Russian fleet in the Black Sea. Last Wednesday, at the first ministerial meeting on the food crisis, agriculture ministers expressed their concerns about the possible food shortage caused by this blockade—especially in North Africa.

Also at the end of last May, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, accused Vladimir Putin of bombing grain warehouses. Last week, Russia said it was ready to allow a naval corridor blocked from Ukrainian territory to clear grain, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Bruno Biede, director of the Galician Association of Manufacturers of Compound Foods (AGAFAC), rated shipments from Ukraine as “good news because it is good that they start to take out some quantity”, but warned that “Though they seem like tons of In fact there are only a few considering the great demand of our region.,


Grain accounts for one-third of the grain used to make fodder for animals. Galicia imported 40% to Ukraine and the country’s invasion paralyzed trade. Since the start of the conflict, a ton of corn has already cost more than 100 euros and has now been paid 400. at a price close to, a record amount. Spain imports about 30% of its corn from Ukraine every year. In addition to corn, 60% of Spanish purchases of sunflower oil abroad also come from Ukraine, as do 17% of wheat and 31% of vegetable oil cakes, according to data provided by Asja.

In addition, this agricultural organization warns that Spain needs more than 36 million tons of grain annually to meet its consumption needs (human and animal). However, advance data from the campaign shows that this year’s winter grain harvest will decrease by 21%; That is, 4.1 million tonnes less than last year’s official figures. The high temperature and absence of rain in the month of May put an end to the hopes of the harvest, which was considered very good. This is particularly worrisome for a country like Spain, which is short of grain, if one also takes into account the repercussions of the invasion in Ukraine.

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