October 10, 2006


Ukraine's grain exports grind to complete halt



Ukraine's grain exports have come to a complete stop because not a single export license has been issued by the authorities since the licensing of wheat exports was introduced Oct 3, the Ukraine Grain Association (UZA) announced Monday (Oct 9).


UZA said the licenses were supposed to be issued by the Economy Ministry, after an agreement with the Agricultural Policy Ministry, but as of 10:00 am Monday not a single license had been issued.


UZA said it was not possible to obtain from the authorities a clarification as to when licenses would be issued.


UZA said ship and railway train queues were building up at Ukraine's sea ports, and storage facilities at the ports were overloaded. UZA said it expected the railway authority to suspend grain deliveries to ports.