The business community calls on the Black Sea Grain Initiative parties to facilitate the stable operation of the Black Sea Grain Initiative
28 February 2023, 20:00
The business community, united by European Business Association, AmCham Ukraine, and Association “Ukrainian Agribusiness Club”, calls on the Black Sea Grain Initiative parties – United Nations (UN) and Turkey – to facilitate the stable operation, prolongation, and expansion of the Black Sea Grain Initiative (the Initiative) and ensure free commercial navigation in the Black Sea Region.
To ensure free navigation in the Black Sea Region and unblock the full-scale operation of the Initiative business community calls on the UN and Turkey to:
- Take measures to ensure the stable and timely operation of inspectors/commission representatives operating under the JCC to speed up the movement of vessels with Ukrainian grain and to eliminate the queues;
- Ensure free commercial navigation in the Black Sea for all parties or introduce inspections for all Russian vessels shipping in the Black Sea by establishing equal conditions for Ukrainian and Russian export;
- Support the extension/prolongation of the Initiative for at least one year with automatic prolongation for the same periods unless a party thereto notifies the other of intent to terminate or modify the Initiative and provides respective official communication;
- Include the Mykolaiv Seaport, as well as other ports and terminals located in the Dniprovsko-Buzkyi channel, Olvia specialized seaport to the Initiative, to increase the throughput capacity for grain export.