Port Wings News Network:
This year there has been steady growth in the volume of export cargo being transported through Russian ports. For the first 11 months of 2017, it increased by 6.3% over the same period in 2016, reaching 266.8 million t due to a 10.5% increase in coal shipping, 10.6% in fertilizers, 55.2% in grain, 7% in paper, and 5% in lumber. A total of 47% of export cargo is coal, 27% is oil, 8% is ferrous metals, 7% is fertilizers, and 3% is grain.
Export cargo shipped to the ports of the northwest amounted to 111.9 million t (up 9.3% from the level of 2016), 69 million t was shipped to southern ports (up 6.5%), and 85.5 million t was shipped to ports of the Far East (up 2.8%).
A growth in cargo traffic is ensured, among other things, by increasing the efficiency of transportation. The railway network uses polygon technologies to manage transportation, traction, and infrastructure. New customer services are being introduced, including the scheduled transportation of goods (Freight Express). Together with stevedoring companies, Last Mile operations are being optimized, in particular, to organize unloading.