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The first cargo on the branch "Hasan-Rajin" was sent to the Republic of Korea
A special train with a Russian-South Korean commission, which was organized to take part in the shipment of the first pilot batch of coal, left Primorye for the DPRK. The commission consists of 17 specialists from the Republic of Korea, including representatives of the KORAIL railway company, the Posco metallurgical company and nine representatives of Russian Railways, as well as stevedoring and logistics companies. A pilot ship with 40 thousand tons of coal is planned to be sent from the port of Rajin on November 28.
Experts note that in the future it is planned to improve the technology of cargo transportation in this direction and to consider the possibility of regular transportation of coal from Russia through the DPRK to the Republic of Korea.
The reconstructed berth No. 3 of the Rajin port in the DPRK opened in July 2014. The North Korean side has implemented this project together with the Russian side. And in September 2013, the first stage of reconstruction of the Khasan-Rajin railway section was completed. Since that time, the goods have been in test mode here. With the opening of a berth in the North Korean port, it became possible to start regular transportation of goods for export through the territory of Primorye.
Reconstruction of the Khasan-Rajin railway section began in October 2008. The project includes several components. This includes the reconstruction of railway infrastructure facilities from the Khasan station in Primorye to the Rajin station and the Rajin port in the DPRK, as well as the construction of a transshipment terminal at the Rajin port.
The Department of Industry and Transport of the Primorsky Territory also noted that the implementation of the project will additionally attract more than 4 million tons of bulk cargo per year or 100 thousand containers annually to the Khasan-Tumangan coastal border crossing.
In the future, this will allow to direct most of the cargo traffic from South Korea to Russia, Europe and the CIS and in the opposite direction, through the Trans-Siberian Railway.