According to Russian Railways, the loading of export designated cargo destined for Russian sea ports made 204.4 mn tons during January-August 2018 increasing 5.9% year-on-year.
46.9% of the entire volume is coal. Oil accounts for 25.9%, ferrous metals for 8.9%, fertilizers for 6.6%, and grains for 3.7% of the total.
Coal loading grew 4.4%, ferrous metals were up 11.2%, fertilizers up 5.6%, grains up 59.5%, paper up 9.4% and timber and logs up 18.5% year-on-year.
86.6 mn tons, 8.5% more than in January-February 2017, was designated for the North-West sea ports.
The South region ports accounted for 50.6 mn tons, down 0.1% year-on-year.
The volume loaded for the ports of the Russian Far East grew 7.7% to make 67.2 mn tons.
In July, export cargo loading designated for Russian sea ports increased 2.8% month-on-month amounting to 25.6 mn tons.