Black Sea: Shipping

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 22 February 2024.

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Photo of Neil Hudson Neil Hudson Conservative, Penrith and The Border

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has made an assessment of the impact of the disruption to shipping from Ukraine via the Black Sea on the volume of exports of (a) fertiliser and (b) energy.

Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

As a result of Ukrainian resilience and innovation, as well as our support and that of international partners, over 19 million tonnes of cargo have been exported through the Black Sea since September 2023. These are the highest levels since the war began, which is a remarkable achievement.

According to the Ukrainian government, over 70 per cent of this cargo has been agricultural produce and much of the rest has been metallurgy and iron ore products. Ukraine is seeking to expand on this success and ensure as many goods as possible move safely through the Black Sea.

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