Sea ports in Ukraine transshipped 32% less grain in Jan-May
Sea ports in Ukraine provided for the transshipment of 14.48 mln t of grain in January-May, 7.01 mln t or 32.6% down YoY. Negative dynamics of grain handling at Ukrainian ports decreased by 3.6 p.p. in May (January-April: 36.2%), Elevatorist.com reports.
Transshipment of cereals by port companies during the reporting period amounted to 14.694 mln t, 33.1% less from the corresponding period in 2020. State stevedores at the berths of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Administration (USPA) shipped 316.17 thou. t of grain (-27.1%), private enterprises 9.879 mln t (-31%).
The top five sea ports by grain handling volume processed 13.73 mln t of commodities. This volume accounted for 94.8% of all grain shipments in the ports. The transshipment leaders have not changed since April:
- The Port of Chornomorsk: 4.74 mln t (32.7% of total grain shipment in ports)
- Mykolaiv Sea Port: 3.49 mln t (24%)
- The Port of Pivdenny: 2.82 mln t (19.5%)
- Odesa Sea Port: 2.17 mln t (15%)
- The Specialized Sea Port Olvia: 509.38 thou. t (3.5%)
All Ukrainian ports reduced grain cargo handling during the first five months of 2021. The volumes dropped the most in these sea ports:
- The Port of Reni: a 74.1% drop
- The Specialized Sea Port Olvia: 43.3%
- Kherson Sea Port: 53.5%
- Mariupol Sea Port: 41.2%
- Odesa Sea Port: 39%
USDA in its June report put the forecast for wheat production in Ukraine in 2021/22 at 29.5 mln t, and corn at 37.5 mln t.