: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Ukraine starts flour exports by sea

PJSC State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine has carried out flour shipments worth 5,000 tonnes to Libya for the first time using a sea route, the Corporation`s press service reported referring to Director of Processing Department Viacheslav Tsehelnyk.
”The State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine has successfully fulfilled a contract signed with one of the leading players on the Middle East grain market for the supply of 5,000 tonnes of flour to Libya by sea,”  the statement reads.
Tsehelnyk noted the Corporation for the first time had used a sea route to carry out flour shipments. None of the Ukrainian flour producers have earlier supplied flour by sea in the current marketing year, he added.
”For the state-owned corporation, this agreement is a new experience of exporting flour batches by sea. We are the only ones who has signed such a contract in the current marketing year,” Tsehelnyk was quoted as saying.
According to Tsehelnyk, the Corporation is pursuing a plan to become the country`s top flour exporter.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine intends to increase annual grain exports to 5.17 million tonnes by 2019 from 2.85 million tonnes in 2015, and boost flour exports to 280,000 tonnes from 32,000 tonnes.
According to Millers of Ukraine association, Ukraine exported 135,100 tonnes of flour in the 2014-2015 marketing year (July 2014 through June 2015). Experts forecast Ukraine will export not less than 350,000 tonnes of flour in the current marketing year.


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