The first million tons of Ukrainian agricultural products have been shipped from Ukrainian seaports to countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe in 2023. In particular, 11 ships carrying 313,500 tons of agricultural products left the ports of Greater Odesa on 13 January under the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which established a humanitarian maritime corridor to allow ships to export grain and other foodstuffs from Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Ministry for Development of Communities, Territories, and Infrastructure announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.

Three bulk carriers are heading to African countries. The Lady Litel bulk carrier is transporting 31,000 tons of wheat to Libya, the East Wind 1 bulk carrier is transporting 25,000 tons to Tunisia, and the Lady Hatice bulk carrier is transporting 11,000 tons of agricultural products to Morocco.

The Antheia bulk carrier, which the United Nations’ World Food Program chartered to deliver Ukrainian wheat to Afghanistan, has moored in the port of Chornomorsk.

"Currently, 17 ships are being processed in the ports of Great Odesa. They are being loaded with 519,000 tons of Ukrainian agricultural products. Five ships are traveling through the humanitarian maritime corridor to seaports to be loaded," the statement said.

According to the statement, 104 vessels are awaiting inspection by the Joint Coordination Center in the Bosporus.

According to the statement, 644 vessels carrying 17.3 million tons of agricultural products have left the ports of Greater Odesa since 1 August.