According to Russian Railways, the loading of cargo designated for export via Russian sea ports made 87.7 mn tons during January-March 2021 increasing 7.6% year-on-year.
50.3% of the entire volume was coal, oil and products accounted for 23.6% of the total export rail freight, ferrous metals for 7.3%, fertilizers for 5.4%, and grain for 3.5% of the total.
Coal loading increased by 15.4% year-on-year up to 44.1 mn tons during the period under report.
Coal loading designated for South Russian ports grew 1.5-fold year-on-year up to 6.1 mn tons, that to North-Western ports was up 13.6% up to 13.7 mn tons, and that to the Russian Far East up 10.2% to 24.4 mn tons.
All in all, 35.5 mn tons of export cargo, 8.6% above the level of 2020, was designated for the North-West sea ports. The Southern region ports accounted for 23.1 mn tons, up 13.3% year-on-year. Cargo volume loaded for export via the ports of the Russian Far East made 29.3 mn tons, up 10.7% year-on-year.
In March 2021, 31.1 mn tons of cargo was loaded for export via Russian sea ports, up 16% year-on-year. Export cargo loaded for rail transportation to the North-West sea ports increased by 7.1% up to 12 mn tons, that designated to the South Russia ports was up 21.4% to 8.5 mn tons, and that to the Russian Far East up 23.3% to 10.6 mn tons.