U.N. expects 'big uptick' in ships wanting to export Ukraine grain

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The United Nations expects a “big uptick” in ships wanting to export Ukraine grain through the Black Sea after transit procedures were agreed and a goal of 2-5 mln tonnes a month is “achievable”, a senior U.N. official said on August 10, Reuters informed.

“We’re expecting to see a big uptick in applications for transit. The goal of getting between two and five (million) metric tonnes is achievable”, – said Frederick Kenney, interim U.N. Coordinator at the Joint Coordination Centre in Istanbul, which oversees the deal.

So far 12 ships stuck in Ukraine since Russia’s February 24 invasion have been authorized to leave and four other vessels approved for travel to Ukraine. The number of inbound ships was expected to grow as grain sales are agreed, Kenney told reporters.

The United Nations has stressed that the export deal is a commercial - not humanitarian - operation that will be driven by the market. 

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