According to Russian Railways, the loading of cargo designated for export via Russian sea ports made 214.8 mn tons during January-August 2020 increasing 3.1% year-on-year.
50% of the entire volume is coal, oil and products accounted for 23.7% of the total export rail freight, ferrous metals for 6.9%, and fertilizers for 6.2% of the total.
Coal loading increased by 3.8% year-on-year up to 107.5 mn tons during the period under report. Coal loading designated for South Russian ports grew by 21.5% year-on-year up to 11 mn tons, that to North-Western ports declined by 4.2% down to 35 mn tons, and that to the Russian Far East was up 6.1% exceeding 61.5 mn tons.
All in all, 85.9 mn tons of export cargo, just 0.1% above the level of January-August 2019, was designated for the North-West sea ports. The Southern region ports accounted for 50.4 mn tons, up 2.7% year-on-year. Cargo volume loaded for export via the ports of the Russian Far East made 61.5 mn tons, up 6.1% year-on-year.
In August, 26.8 mn tons of cargo was loaded for export via Russian sea ports, up 3.9*% year-on-year. Export cargo loaded for rail transportation to the North-West sea ports decreased by 2.7% down to some 10.8 mn tons, that designated to the South Russia ports was down 3.1% to some 6.6 mn tons, and that to the Russian Far East grew by 14.6% up to 9.4 mn tons.