The strategy to get around the blockade of the Russian army and get the corn to Galicia has had its crumbs. First, it was transported by road from the Ukrainian border with Romania and Poland to the Polish port of Swinoujscie. There, the grain was loaded onto the freighter, which, before setting sail for Galician waters, made a stopover at the German port of Brusbüttel. And that is how the ship Alppilia, loaded with some 18,000 tons of corn, arrives —predictably— tomorrow in La Coruña.
It will be the first shipment of these characteristics that Galicia receives through this new maritime route, opened to circumvent the Russian blockade of the Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea, since the war began. Similar shipments have already docked in other Spanish regions, but this is the first that Galicia receives.
Corn is one of the main raw materials with which the feed that feeds the livestock population is made. And since the beginning of the war, in February of this year, the sector has suffered serious problems of shortages. Faced with this situation, Agafac, like the rest of the associations that represent the sector, asked the Ministry of Agriculture to soften the phytosanitary requirements and to open the door to cereal imports outside of Europe, in order to deal with this difficult situation; a measure that came into force last March.
The Alppilia shipment will be the first large consignment to arrive in Galicia, but not the last. Another shipment of corn, in this case from Brazil, is scheduled to arrive on Sunday, also in La Coruña. It will be aboard the Desert Symphony, which transports 40,000 tons of this grain. It is the first that Galicia receives from this country after the EU authorized imports from places like Brazil and Argentina, as an alternative to cover the shortage of Ukrainian corn.