War in the Ukraine Brings Higher Prices and Food Shortages Worldwide


We’re all feeling the immediate effects here in the USA of the war in Ukraine.  The sanctions imposed have cause gas and oil prices to explode compounded by the inflation we are already experiencing.  But there are far more serious problems ahead regarding agricultural production and food prices.  There are food shortages right now worldwide, especially in countries that rely on Russia and Ukraine for wheat.  Food prices in the U.S. were up 8.6 percent in February, year over year and will continue to rise.

Consider the following:

The Ukraine and Russia provide the world with:

  • 30% of wheat exports
  • 17% of corn exports
  • 32% of barley exports
  • 75% of sunflower seed exports
  • Russia and Belarus are the world’s second and third largest producers of potash – a key ingredient in making fertilizer for agricultural use.  So, there’s not enough fertilizer for everyone and the price of fertilizer has skyrocketed.  Less fertilizer will reduce yields in early fall crops that will cause even more shortages and price hikes at the supermarket and in foodservice.
  • China has experienced flooding and as a result there are reduced plantings for crops this year
  • Ukraine, formerly known as the “breadbasket” of the area, lacks fuel to plant crops as this has been diverted to the military, and much of the area formerly used for crop planting is now in the war zone. So don’t expect many exports from the Ukraine this year.

Shipping Problems Continue to add to costs

Moreover, the shipping and logistical problems worldwide continue.  The price to transport a container from China to the West Coast of the USA costs 12 times as much as it did 2 years ago and it’s taking almost double the time to get to the USA – not to mention problems with the lack of equipment. The U.S. government under the direction of President Biden is trying to lower shipping costs as congress considers legislation that would give more power to the FMC (Federal Maritime Commission) – but who knows when this will happen and how effective it will be.  Meanwhile, exporters in the USA continue to face additional and exorbitant fees for delays in picking up and returning containers – costs that must be passed on to end-users.

Negative Effects of the Pandemic: Next, we must look at the COVID-19 issues. China has recently instituted lockdowns in Shenzhen and Shanghai – major shipping ports.  Warehouses and factories have been closed in China due to lockdowns further disrupting the supply chain.

Looking Ahead: It’s not a pretty picture ahead for those of us in the agricultural business and for consumers worldwide. Expect prices to surge higher for new pack fruits and vegetables.  If there are further issues with the pandemic or negative weather conditions, we could face even more serious repercussions. 

Here at Noon International, we continue to work on behalf of our customers throughout the world, exploring new ways to move products to the ports and navigate supply chain issues like container shortages and trucking problems, keeping costs down wherever possible.

Lily Noon


1. With Inflation Surging, Biden Targets Ocean Shipping by Ana Swanson, The New York Times, March 21, 2022
2. What Comes Next is Far More Serious:  Jeff Brown, The Bleeding Edge, March 22, 2022
3. The impact of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict on Trade: Glen Barklie, Investment Monitor, March 4, 2022
4. Russia-Ukraine Crisis Ignites Fertilizer Pries at Critical Time for World Crop: Gro Intelligence




  • 小麦輸出の30%
  • トウモロコシ輸出の17%
  • 大麦輸出の32%
  • ヒマワリの種の輸出の75%
  • ロシアとベラルーシは、農業用肥料の原材料として重要なカリの生産で世界2位と3位の地位にあります。つまり、全員に十分なだけの肥料がないことを意味し、おかげで肥料の価格が暴騰しています。肥料が足りなければ、初秋の収穫量が減り、食料不足に拍車をかけて、スーパーや外食チェーンの価格がさらに上がります。
  • 中国は、水害に見舞われていて、今年の作付けが減っています。
  • ウクライナは、地域内屈指の穀倉地帯として知られていましたが、燃料が軍事用に向けられて農業用が不足しているため植え付けがままならず、しかも耕作地のほとんどが今や交戦地帯です。今年はウクライナからの輸出はあまり期待できないでしょう。





Noon Internationalでは、引き続き世界各地のお客様のために最善を尽くして、港まで商品を運び、コンテナ不足やトラック不足などのサプライチェーン問題を迂回するための新しい方法を模索して、できるかぎりコストを抑えていきます。

Lily Noon


  1. With Inflation Surging, Biden Targets Ocean Shipping(物価高騰を受け、バイデン大統領が海運に照準)、著:Ana Swanson、The New York Times、2022年3月21日
  2. What Comes Next is Far More Serious(今後の見通しははるかに深刻)、著:Jeff Brown、The Bleeding Edge、2022年3月22日
  3. The impact of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict on Trade(ロシア・ウクライナ紛争の貿易への影響)、著:Glen Barklie、Investment Monitor、2022年3月4日
  4. Russia-Ukraine Crisis Ignites Fertilizer Pries at Critical Time for World Crop(ロシア・ウクライナ危機で世界農業の重要期に肥料価格が高騰)、Gro Intelligence

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