Razoni transports 26,000 tons of corn that were supposed to arrive in Lebanon. But the buyer, after waiting for it for 5 months, refuses the cargo. “We are looking for another client,” says the Kiev embassy
His departure from the port of Odessa had been hailed as a wish for peace between Russia and Ukraine. But the Razoni ship does not seem to be accompanied by a lucky star: it has been there for four days stops at anchor in front of a port in Turkey southern because the recipient of the cargo in addition 26,000 tons of corn, refused to take it. “I have it expected for five months, too late”. At the moment, however, no one has come forward to buy back the cereal.
The Marinetraffic tracking site shows the Razoni – a freighter flying the flag of the Sierra Leone – property a few miles from the port of Mersin, on the Mediterranean, along the southern coast of Turkey. His destination was Lebanon but the reason for this stalemate explained it the Ukrainian embassy in Beirut: «According to the information provided by the exporter on board the ship, the buyer in Lebanon has refused to accept the cargo due to delays in delivery terms ». The 26,000 tons of corn – destined to become animal feed – were in fact expected in the Middle East since last February.
What will happen now? ‘The forwarder is now looking another recipient to deliver the cargo topossibly always in Lebanon “, he always informs the Kiev embassy in Beirut on his Facebook profile. A paradox, since the blockade of the grain trade was putting in place the survival of many economies is in crisis especially in Africa and the Near East.
The Razoni had been able to take off from Odessa a week ago following an agreement – the first since the conflict began – between Russia and Ukraine and thanks to the mediation of Turkey. The cargo had made its way through the mines scattered across the Black Sea and many – starting with Pope Francis – had read in this event the first glimmer of peace. After the Sierra Leone ship another six units set sail from Odessa, where about 20 million tons of cereals are still there. Ukraine guarantees 10% of world grain production and precisely the end of the blockade and the expectations it had brought with it had caused a decisive drop in food prices in the world. The FAO also certified this decrease, calculating it globally by 8.6% in one month.
August 10, 2022 (change August 10, 2022 | 10:19)
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