Andrii Zablovskyi, the head of the secretariat of the Council of Entrepreneurs, which operates under the auspices of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers, has said that the precedent that was set by the unblocking of Ukrainian ports to allow grain exports is a good reason to also continue working on the export of metal products from Ukrainian ports.

The CFTS portal reported this, citing the GMK Center publication.

"Grain is of great international importance in view of the issue of food security. However, the export of all key goods, including metal, which was traditionally transported by sea before the war, is important to Ukraine," Zablovskyi said.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Deputy Economy Minister Taras Kachka has expressed the hope that the "grain initiative" can become a model for other products. "This is an agreement about logistics, about the movement of ships through the Black Sea. What is the difference between grain and iron ore?" Kachka said in an interview with the Financial Times newspaper.

As reported previously, the third Ukrainian port joined the "grain initiative" on 8 August, when a ship carrying grain left the port of Pivdennyi for the first time since 24 February.