According to Russian Railways, the loading of export designated cargo destined for Russian ports made 76.8 mn tons during Q1 2018 increasing 4.6% year-on-year.
44.2% of the entire volue is coal. Oil accounts for 28%, ferrous metals for 9.4%, fertilizers for 6.7%, and grains for 4% of the loading volume.
Coal loading grew 4.5%, ferrous metals were up 5.8%, fertilizers up 12.3%, grains up 44.4%, paper up 5.1% and timber and logs up 18.3% year-on-year.
33.3 mn tons, 12.3% more than in January-February 2017, was designated for the North-West sea ports.
The South region ports accounted for 19.3 mn tons, down 3.7% year-on-year.
The volume loaded for the ports of the Russian Far East grew 2.3% to make 24.2 mn tons.
In March, export cargo loading designated for Russian sea ports increased 11.2% year-on-year amounting to 26.8 mn tons.