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South Korea accepts an experimental batch of Russian coal delivered through the DPRK
Today, the South Korean port of Pohang begins unloading 40,5 tons of Russian coal delivered over the weekend on board a Chinese ship from the port of Rajin. This cargo was sent from Primorye, the delivery was made first along the section of the Hasan (Russia) - Rajin (North Korea) railway. Then the cargo went from the port by sea to its destination (South Korea, Pohang port).
A special Russian-South Korean commission is involved in sending an experimental batch. The commission included 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.
The Government of the Republic of Korea / RK / promises full support for the implementation of the Rajin-Hasan project, which promotes the "Eurasian initiative" proposed by President Pak Kun Hye. This was announced today by the press-secretary of the Ministry of the Association of the Republic of Kazakhstan Lim Boen Chol.
The new logistical scheme of Rajin-Hasan was studied by the leading steel company of South Korea POSCO and the shipping company Hyundai Merchznt Marine. In the steel company, which annually imports from Russia about 2 million tons of coal, it was noted that it can easily check whether coal is delivered to the country through North Korea.
The pilot project will be part of the "Eurasian initiative" of President Park Geun-hye, which provides for the expansion of ties between Eurasian countries by connecting roads for the creation of the Silk Express. The success of the first pilot lot will be an example of imports by South Korean firms of raw materials from Russia through the North Korean port and the beginning of productive tripartite cooperation between Russia, South Korea and the DPRK.
"During the tripartite talks, it is planned to improve the technology of cargo transportation in this direction and consider the possibility of regular transportation of coal from Russia through the DPRK to the Republic of Korea," the press service of the Far Eastern Railway of the branch of OJSC RJ.
It is important to note that the sphere of logistics and transport is one of the most significant for the development of Primorsky Krai. Port Rajin has the capacity to process 100 thousand 20-feet containers per year and the necessary infrastructure for the acceptance of bulk cargo.
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.
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