According to Russian Railways, the loading of cargo designated for export via Russian sea ports made 133.7 mn tons during January-May 2020 increasing 3.5% year-on-year.
51% of the entire volume is coal, oil and products accounted for 22.4% of the total export rail freight, ferrous metals for 9.3%, and fertilizers for 7.3% of the total.
Coal loading increased by 0.4% year-on-year up to 65.8 mn tons during the period under report. Coal loading designated for South Russian ports grew by 11% year-on-year up to 6.5 mn tons, that to North-Western ports declined by 6% down to 21.3 mn tons, and that to the Russian Far East was up 2.6% exceeding 38 mn tons.
Export designated oil and products loading grew by 3.4% year-on-year up to 36.3 mn tons. This figure includes 12.3 mn tons (-9.6%) destined for South Russia ports, 20.4 mn tons (+10.2%) for North-Western ports, and over 3.6 mn tons (+19.4%) for the Russian Far Eastern ports.
All in all, 55.5 mn tons of export cargo, 2.2% above the level of January-May 2019, was designated for the North-West sea ports. The Southern region ports accounted for 32.7 mn tons, up 3.3% year-on-year. Cargo volume loaded for export via the ports of the Russian Far East made 45.5 mn tons, up 5.4% year-on-year.
In May, 26.7 mn tons of cargo was loaded for export via Russian sea ports, up 6.4% year-on-year. Export cargo loaded for rail transportation to the North-West sea ports increased by 4.5% up to some 11.2 mn tons, that designated to the South Russia ports grew by 4% up to some 5.8 mn tons, and that to the Russian Far East by 10.1% up to 9.7 mn tons.