(MENAFN) Due to a five-month shipping delay, the first grain cargo to depart Ukraine's recently reopened ports was turned down by a customer in Lebanon, according to a Monday Bloomberg article.
The publication reports that the Sierra Leone-flagged ship Razoni, which was carrying around 26,500 tons of grain, is now in the Mediterranean, citing the Ukrainian embassy in Beirut, and the shipment, which was intended for the private sector, is allegedly not connected to the Lebanese government.
The Ukrainian embassy states that a new buyer for the grain is being sought for in Lebanon or somewhere else. According to ship-tracking information, the vessel's destination on Sunday was modified from Tripoli to "awaiting orders."
Ukrainian grain was transported over the Black Sea by the Razoni for the first time in several months. In the midst of conflicts between Russia and Ukraine, who both laid the blame for the interruption, regular supplies were stopped.
Last month, with the aid of Turkey and the UN, Russia and Ukraine secured a deal to resume maritime exports. In accordance with the agreement, Turkey is also hosting a special center to manage shipments that includes participants from Moscow and Kiev. To stop the smuggling of weapons into or out of the combat zone, it is their responsibility to examine vessels.
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