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Indonesia's Arsari ships grain from Ukraine, Russia

Cooperation with U.S.-Swiss company among first since U.N. deal

The M/V Riva Wind is shown departing from a Ukrainian port near Odesa carrying 50,000 tons of grain on Aug. 7. (Photo courtesy of Harvest Commodities)

JAKARTA -- An Indonesian conglomerate and a U.S.-Swiss company are transporting grain from Ukrainian and Russian ports in one of the first commercial shipments from the region since a deal brokered by the United Nations was sealed last month.

The M/V Riva Wind, laden with 50,000 tonnes of grain, arrived in Istanbul on Tuesday, after a roughly two-day voyage from the Port of Chornomorsk, near the Ukrainian city of Odesa, according to vessel tracking website It is bound for Iskenderun, another city in Turkey.

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