According to Russian Railways, the loading of cargo designated for export via Russian sea ports made 148.2 mn tons during January-May 2021 increasing 8% year-on-year.
51.6% of the entire volume was coal, oil and products accounted for 22.8% of the total export rail freight, ferrous metals for 7%, fertilizers for 5.8%, and grain for 2.7% of the total.
Coal loading increased by 16.1% year-on-year up to 76.4 mn tons during the period under report.
Coal loading designated for South Russian ports grew by 76.9% year-on-year up to 11.5 mn tons, that to North-Western ports was up 11.1% up to 23.7 mn tons, and that to the Russian Far East up 8.9% to 41.2 mn tons.
All in all, 59.9 mn tons of export cargo, 7.8% above the level of 2020, was designated for the North-West sea ports. The Southern region ports accounted for 38.8 mn tons, up 18.4% year-on-year. Cargo volume loaded for export via the ports of the Russian Far East made 49.5 mn tons, up 8.9% year-on-year.
In May 2021, 3.4 mn tons of cargo was loaded for export via Russian sea ports, down 15.4% month-on-month. Export cargo loaded for rail transportation to the North-West sea ports increased by 9.2% up to 14.2 mn tons, that designated to the South Russia ports was down 21.4% to 8.1 mn tons, and that to the Russian Far East down 22.9% to 10.1 mn tons.