Ukraine and Poland agreed to expedite checks at the Ukrainian-Polish border and simplify the export of Ukrainian agricultural products to the EU and third countries. This is stated in a joint statement signed on Monday in Warsaw by Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Solsky and Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Poland Henryk Kowalczyk, Ukrinform reports.
The wide-scale war in Ukraine disrupted the traditional supply chains of agricultural exports and blocked the Ukrainian ports through which the majority of agricultural products were shipped. In addition, 400 million people in the world in the absence of exports of Ukrainian agricultural products may be left without food, which will provoke global famine and the subsequent migration crisis.
As part of the agreements, the Ukrainian side will organize the transportation of cargo through the designated border inspection posts of Poland, and the Polish side will review the current requirements for veterinary control of transit cargo with grain from Ukraine and ensure the transit of grain at all checkpoints on the state border of Poland and Ukraine.
In the first half of May, Poland imposed 24-hour operation mode at veterinary border control points.
Context. Over the blockade of Ukrainian seaports, 7 million tons of wheat, 14 million tons of corn grain, 3 million tons of sunflower oil, and 3 million tons of sunflower cake, as well as other crops, did not get into the world market. This has already led to a record rise in prices on the world market and will inevitably lead to a global food crisis and rising inflation.