The dispatch of fish products from the stations of the Far Eastern Railway (Far Eastern Railways, a branch of Russian Railways) in the western direction in January-May this year increased by 11.5% compared to the same period last year, to 238.5 thousand tons, the Far Eastern Railways reported. According to the carrier, the growth in fish dispatch in May to May 2020 amounted to 19.3% (up to 45.1 thousand tons).
The bulk of fish products for the reporting five months was shipped to customers in the Moscow Region (94.2 thousand tons), Siberia (41.7 thousand tons) and the Urals (23.6 thousand tons). Export shipments of fish by rail amounted to 19.7 thousand tons.Such shipments from the Uglovaya station in Primorye started in May 2020 and became an alternative to the delivery of seafood to China by road due to the adopted quarantine restrictions, the report says. In May 2021, 7.8 thousand tons were shipped to China, which is seven times more than the volume of supplies in May last year.
As Kommersant reported, since the beginning of the year, the problem of storing and processing the catch has become aggravated in the Far East, this happened after China’s refusal to accept Russian fish. Earlier, the Ministry of Agriculture proposed to subsidize preferential rail transportation of fish and fish products from the Far East until the end of 2021.
In 2020, 507.5 thousand tons of fish products were sent from the stations of the Far Eastern Railway, which is 0.2% more than in 2019.