According to Russian Railways, the loading of export designated cargo destined for Russian ports made 178.8 mn tons during January-July 2018 increasing 5.3% year-on-year.
46.5% of the entire volume is coal. Oil accounts for 26.2%, ferrous metals for 8.9%, fertilizers for 6.7%, and grains for 3.8% of the loading volume.
Coal loading grew 3.3%, ferrous metals were up 11.4%, fertilizers up 6.6%, grains up 73.5%, paper up 8.8% and timber and logs up 18.3% year-on-year.
75.7 mn tons, 8.1% more than in January-February 2017, was designated for the North-West sea ports.
The South region ports accounted for 44.2 mn tons, down 0.7% year-on-year.
The volume loaded for the ports of the Russian Far East grew 6.7% to make 58.8 mn tons.
In July, export cargo loading designated for Russian sea ports increased 0.4% year-on-year amounting to 24.9 mn tons.