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First Crop Ship to Leave Ukraine Is Stuck Without a Buyer

  • Ukrainian embassy says cargo rejected by its buyer in Lebanon
  • Razoni was the first ship to transit new grain-export corridor
The cargo vessel Razoni along the Bosphorus Strait on August 3.

The cargo vessel Razoni along the Bosphorus Strait on August 3.

Photographer: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

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The first crop cargo to depart Ukraine’s newly opened grain ports is now floating in the Mediterranean Sea, searching for a new destination after losing its buyer.

Ukraine’s embassy in Beirut on Monday posted a picture of the vessel Razoni and said the cargo has been rejected by its final buyer in Lebanon, due to a five-month delay in its delivery. It was the first agriculture ship to leave the country’s major Black Sea ports since Russia’s invasion, loaded with about 26,500 tons of corn after a deal was recently brokered to restart exports.