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|15 April, 2019

Ukraine's April 6-12 sea port grain exports fall about 20 pct on week - APK-Inform

Ukrainian grain exports from sea ports in the week of April 6-12 fell to 777,000 tonnes from 968,000 tonnes a week earlier

KIEV- Ukrainian grain exports from sea ports in the week of April 6-12 fell to 777,000 tonnes from 968,000 tonnes a week earlier, the APK-Inform consultancy said on Monday.

Corn exports fell 26 percent to 592,000 tonnes, while wheat shipments declined by 9 percent to 156,000 tonnes, the consultancy said.

Ukraine sent its grains mostly to Iran, China and Egypt.

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The country has exported 34.9 million tonnes of wheat, corn and barley so far this season, which runs from July to June, APK-Inform said. That was up from 28.5 million tonnes in the same period in 2017/18.

However, the agriculture ministry said on Wednesday that grain exports had already reached 39.7 million tonnes so far in the 2018/19 season compared with 31.5 million tonnes at the same point last season.

The country had exported almost 21.9 million tonnes of corn and 13.73 million tonnes of wheat by April 15, the ministry said.

Ukraine harvested a record 70 million tonnes of grain this year and expects to export about 49 million tonnes in the 2018/19 July-June season.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu and Kirsten Donovan) ((pavel.polityuk@tr.com; +380 44 2449150; Reuters Messaging: pavel.polityuk.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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