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Food and Metal Shipments Are Left Stranded in Ukraine Chaos

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Storage silos and shipping cranes at the Port of Odesa.

Storage silos and shipping cranes at the Port of Odesa.

Photographer: Christopher Occhicone/Bloomberg
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Commodity exports from Ukraine, one of the world’s most important grain suppliers, were thrown into chaos after Russia’s invasion forced ports and railways to start closing.

Traders could no longer book vessels to move goods in and out of the nation’s ports, people familiar with the matter said. However, some vessels already at ports were still being loaded to completion as of Thursday evening local time, and expected to depart, one person said. One of the biggest rail users said the government had suspended operations.