In January-June of this year, Belarus transported four times more cargo through Russian sea ports than in the same period a year prior, Belarusian First Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Snopkov said at a meeting with the Belarusian president in Minsk on 18 July, BelTA has learned.
"In January-June of last year we transported 1.5 million tonnes of cargo through Russian seaports. This year the volume has already amounted to almost 6 million tonnes, an increase of 400%. Almost the entire volume, or 97%, is chemical mineral fertilizers, oil and petroleum products," Nikolai Snopkov said.
He noted that the work to redirect transshipment of Belarusian potash through the seaports of the north-west and south regions of Russia began in April of last year. Today the country can transship about 1 million tones of products per month, or 12 million tonnes per year.
Nikolai Snopkov said that Belarus achieved cost-effective transshipment in the terminals of the ports of St. Petersburg. In the first half of this year, 2.7 million tonnes of potash fertilizers were shipped through these ports.
"The main ports are Bronka, the Baltic Shipbuilding Plant, Sea Fishing Port, Keystone Logistics. Bronka is the basic one, in accordance with the agreements between the Belarusian Transport Ministry and the Russian Ministry of Transport,” Nikolai Snopkov noted.