During the first half of this year, Ukraine’s seaports handled 16.7% less cargo that during the first half of last year.
Of the 66 million tons of cargo, the biggest decline was in ores – down 16.3% to 18.8 million tons – and grain – down 27.6% to 16.9 million tons. Due to high world commodity prices, Ukraine this year made more money exporting less ore and grain than last year. Imports were down only 10%, to 11 million tons. Containers were down only 2% to 506,186.