Russian exporters restricted in UN WFP tenders, flour orders drop

Russian exporters face UN WFP tender limits
Russian exporters face UN WFP tender limits

Russian companies have been restricted in their access to tenders for supplying food to the UN World Food Program, which provides food to poor countries, LIGA reported, citing Russian media.

This is a program under which food is purchased by the UN World Food Program (WFP) and given to poor countries as humanitarian aid. Russia has been a supplier for the past 20 years.

The decrease in orders from Russian exporters accredited by the UN WFP has already been felt by flour producers in Russia, according to the article.

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Invitations to some tenders for Russian suppliers have stopped coming. Dilyara Ravilova-Borovik, Russia's deputy permanent representative at the WFP and other international organizations in Rome, confirmed that Russian suppliers of the UN WFP faced restrictions on admission to tenders for the supply of food.

"It has become a norm that goods of Russian origin — and we are obliged to indicate this in the tender application — are not allowed in principle," said Dmytro Sukhov, head of the humanitarian support department of Abakan Air, the largest Russian supplier to the UN WFP.

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In recent years, Russian food — flour, sunflower oil, peas — accounted for up to 20% of all external supplies of the UN WFP. The high share of Russia was due to the fact that Russian products were 10-15% cheaper than those of alternative suppliers.

The main recipients of Russian food under the UN WFP have historically been the most humanitarianly vulnerable countries, such as Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan, Palestine, and the countries of Central Asia.

Earlier, it was reported that Russia continues to steal Ukrainian grain on a large scale.

Additionally, in 2023, the invaders resumed work in the quarries and are stealing Ukrainian granite near Mariupol.

As of May 2024, it was reported that the Prosecutor General's Office was investigating Russia's appropriation of over 1,700 tons of Ukrainian agricultural products.

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