Russian seaports handled 139.6 million tons of cargo in the period of January-February 2024, including 67.2 million tons of dry cargo (2.0% increase compared with the corresponding period of 2023) and 72.4 million tons of liquid bulk cargo (3.7% reduction).

The Russian Federal Agency for River and Sea Transport (Rosmorrechflot) announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.

The volume of cargo handling in the first two months of 2024 was 0.5% less than the volume in January-February 2023.

At the same time, the Russian ports on the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov increased transshipment volumes by 3.5% to 46.2 million tons. This includes 21.4 million tons of dry cargo (+1.3%) and 24.8 million tons of liquid bulk cargo (+5.6%).

The Russian ports in the Caspian Basin also increased their cargo handling volumes 1.5-fold to 1.4 million tons. This includes 1 million tons of dry cargo (up 2-fold) and 0.4 million tons of liquid bulk cargo (down 6.0%).

The Russian ports in the other regions had negative dynamics: 41.8 million tons (down 4.0%) for the ports in the Baltic Basin, 35.2 million tons (down 3%) for those in the Far East, and 15 million tons (down 4.5%) for those in the Arctic.

As reported previously, despite the sanctions and restrictions imposed by Western countries, Russian seaports increased their cargo transshipment volumes by 5% to 883.8 million tons in 2023, compared with 2022.

The cargo turnover of Russian seaports in the Azov-Black Sea basin increased by 10.4% to 291.4 million tons in 2023. Transshipment of dry cargo increased by 16.1% to 140.8 million tons, while transshipment of liquid bulk cargo increased by 5.6% to 150.6 million tons.