Ukraine's Nova Poshta suspends shipping food products to Europe

20 April, 02:36 PM
Nova Poshta (Photo:Нова пошта/Facebook)

Nova Poshta (Photo:Нова пошта/Facebook)

Ukrainian postal service Nova Poshta has suspended the delivery of food products to all EUcountries due to the introduction of import and transit restrictions by the Polish customs, the company reported on April 19.

"We're waiting for further clarifications from the governments of Poland and Ukraine to specify the possible terms of resuming such shipments,” the company said.

Poland banned grain imports from Ukraine on April 15, caving to the demands of Polish farmers who had protested Ukrainian agriculture shipments for months.

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They claim that a significant part of Ukrainian grain does not transit further, remaining in Poland to flood the market and depress prices.

Later, Hungary and Slovakia also announced a temporary ban on the import of grain and oilseeds, along with other agricultural products from Ukraine. Bulgaria joined these countries on April 19, allowing only transit for these goods.

The EU has slammed the bans, saying they contravene both EU and international law, said EU spokesperson for trade issues, Miriam Garcia Ferrer.

The Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine reported on April 18 that Ukraine and Poland had reached an agreement on resuming transit of Ukrainian agricultural products, though the ban remains in place.

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