CAIRO, January 28. /TASS/. The PAREA dry cargo ship delivered more than 60,000 tons of grain to the Egyptian port of Safaga on the Red Sea on Saturday, the Alyaum as-Sabia news portal reported.
According to the online resource, the Malta-flagged PAREA vessel has brought 63,000 tons of wheat from Russia to Egypt.
The Russian grain delivered to Safaga is reported to fall under the authority of the Egyptian Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade.
Egypt is the world’s biggest importer of wheat, with some 11-13 million tons being purchased from abroad yearly. Russia and Ukraine are the largest grain exporters to that Arab country. The Ukraine crisis and the European Union’s and the United States’ large-scale anti-Russian sanctions have entailed breaks in key grain supply chains, so Cairo was forced to diversify them.
Last autumn, First Deputy Supply and Internal Trade Minister Ibrahim Ashmawy said that Egypt had a sufficient stock of goods both at the minister’s trading facilities and at wholesale companies. He added that the ministry had established a department to monitor the stock of goods, including grain, at the level of provinces in order to ensure their constant availability.