Yemen: Commodity Tracker (as of 3 May 2018)

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Yemen has historically been dependent on commercial imports of food, fuel and medicines. All ports must remain open to meet Yemen’s import requirements. Hudaydah and Saleef are in geographic proximity to over 70 per cent of people in need of humanitarian assistance.

This tracker monitors commercial imports to Hudaydah and Saleef ports via the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) and prices of food and fuel,. The map below illustrates the final stages vessels progress through before reaching the port of destination.

Overall imports: In April 2018, commercial food and fuel imports via UNVIM declined 22% and 12% from March import levels, respectively. No containerized cargo was imported for the fifth consecutive month. Since November, half as many vessels (19) are berthing at Hudaydah and Saleef on average, compared to pre-blockade average (35).

Food Imports: In April, food imports were half (51%) of the monthly national requirement, the lowest since the start of UNVIM operations, 341 MT less than February 2018, the previous record low. Since the blockade, monthly food imports had met 68% of national requirements. Prior to the November blockade, nearly all (96%) of Yemen’s monthly food import requirements were being met on average.

Fuel Imports: In April, fuel imports were 27% of the monthly national requirement. Since November, monthly fuel imports had met one-fifth (21%) of national requirements on average. Prior to the November blockade, nearly onethird (29%) of Yemen’s monthly fuel import requirements were being met on average.

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