Freight volumes

Russia – China rail freight has grown by 20% in 2024

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The volume of freight crossing the Russian-Chinese border in 2024 has grown by 20 per cent in the first five months of 2024. Nearly 17 million tonnes of freight made its way across the border during this period, which is 20 per cent higher than during the same period last year.

Russian Railways (RZD) reported that rail freight transportation between Russia and China has significantly grown in the first five months of 2024, at 20 per cent compared to the same period last year. Freight volumes in both directions amounted to 16,8 million tonnes.

The bulk of the growth is attributable to Russian exports to China. Russia managed to carry 21,2 per cent more goods on the rail across the Chinese border. Exports also account for the vast majority of cross-border freight volumes. Out of the 16,8 million tonnes, 15,6 million are Russian exports. Imports from China amounted to a mere 1,2 million tonnes.

Coal exports

The main reason for such growth in volumes is the export of coal. It accounts for nearly half of all exports, and grew significantly at all border crossings. For example, the volume of coal exports more than doubled at the Nizhneleninskoe – Tongjiang bridge crossing, which was only taken into use in 2022. At all crossings, coal is the top category of freight entering China.

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Freight volumes

Russia – China rail freight has grown by 20% in 2024

Image: Shutterstock. © VPales

The volume of freight crossing the Russian-Chinese border in 2024 has grown by 20 per cent in the first five months of 2024. Nearly 17 million tonnes of freight made its way across the border during this period, which is 20 per cent higher than during the same period last year.

Russian Railways (RZD) reported that rail freight transportation between Russia and China has significantly grown in the first five months of 2024, at 20 per cent compared to the same period last year. Freight volumes in both directions amounted to 16,8 million tonnes.

The bulk of the growth is attributable to Russian exports to China. Russia managed to carry 21,2 per cent more goods on the rail across the Chinese border. Exports also account for the vast majority of cross-border freight volumes. Out of the 16,8 million tonnes, 15,6 million are Russian exports. Imports from China amounted to a mere 1,2 million tonnes.

Coal exports

The main reason for such growth in volumes is the export of coal. It accounts for nearly half of all exports, and grew significantly at all border crossings. For example, the volume of coal exports more than doubled at the Nizhneleninskoe – Tongjiang bridge crossing, which was only taken into use in 2022. At all crossings, coal is the top category of freight entering China.

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