A Lebanese buyer refused to accept a grain cargo from Ukraine, citing a delay in delivery terms, announced the Ukrainian Embassy in Beirut.
The Razoni, the first ship to depart Ukraine under an UN-brokered deal, left the port of Odesa on the Black Sea in August, carrying 26,000 tons of maize.
The Sierra Leone-flagged ship was supposed to arrive at the port of Tripoli in Lebanon on Sunday, but it changed its destination to Turkey‘s Mersin port.
The embassy stated that the five-month delay prompted the buyer company and the seller company to reach “an agreement to cancel the order. Currently, the seller is considering other grain purchase orders.”
Razoni was inspected last week in Istanbul by Turkish and Russian experts. It is currently docked in Mersin in southern Turkey, AFP quoted a website that tracks maritime traffic.
On July 22, Russia and Ukraine signed separate agreements, sponsored by Turkey and the UN, allowing the export of Ukrainian grain despite the war and Russian agricultural products despite Western sanctions.
Three ships carrying maize left the Ukrainian ports last Friday, heading to Ireland, England, and Turkey, according to the Turkish Defense Ministry.
On Monday, the first ship reached its final destination in Turkey. Eight ships have left Ukrainian ports since the signing of the agreement, according to the Ukrainian authorities, who indicated that an average of three to five ships per day is expected in the next two weeks.