Traders have sent the first shipments of Ukrainian corn to the European Union by train because Ukraine's seaports are being blocked due to the Russian invasion of the country.

Ukraine is a major global producer and exporter of grain, and almost all grain exports have traditionally gone through Black Sea ports.

Ukraine’s monthly grain exports exceeded 5 million tons before the war.

Ukraine, which still has significant amounts of grain in warehouses, may start exporting it by train across its western border.

The first batches of several thousand tons of corn have already been exported through Ukraine’s western land border. Logistical difficulties persist, supply still exceeds demand, but prices have stopped falling.

Ukrainian transport authorities have stated that up to 600,000 tons of grain per month can be exported by train from Ukraine to the European Union.