According to Russian Railways, the loading of cargo designated for export via Russian sea ports made 351.1 mn tons during 2021 increasing 5.8% year-on-year. This is an all-time record, the railway monopoly said in a statement.
51.9% of the entire volume was coal, oil and products accounted for 22% of the total export rail freight, ferrous metals for 6.8%, fertilizers for 6.7%, ore for 3.3%, and grain for 2.4% of the total.
Coal loading increased by 9.3% year-on-year up to 182.3 mn tons during the period under report. More than half of the entire coal loaded (94.6 mn tons, up 1.7% year-on-year) was designated for export via Russian Far East ports.
Oil products loaded for export via Russia’s Far East ports increased by 7.3% up to 7.9 mn tons, ferrous and manganese ore surged 3.3-fold up to 0.67 mn tons, timber and logs were up 1.3-fold to 420 thousand tons.
143.9 mn tons of export cargo, 7.3% above the level of 2020, was designated for the North-West sea ports. The Southern region ports accounted for 95 mn tons, up 17.1% year-on-year. Cargo volume loaded for export via the ports of the Russian Far East made 114.4 mn tons, up 3.6% year-on-year.
In December 2021, 29.6 mn tons of cargo was loaded for export via Russian sea ports, up 0.3% month-on-month.
Export cargo loaded for rail transportation to the North-West sea ports decreased by 4.1% month-on-month down to 11.8 mn tons, that designated to the South Russian ports made 8.5 mn tons, up 7.6% month-on-month, and that to the Russian Far East declined by 2.2% down to 9.1 mn tons.