China’s chemical fertiliser import from Russia via land port doubles

HOHHOT (XINHUA) – The volume of chemical fertiliser imported from Russia through railway via Manzhouli, a land port in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, doubled this year as the COVID-19 pandemic affected maritime transport services.

As of Thursday, 1.62 million tonnes of chemical fertilisers on 24,249 train carriages have been imported via the Manzhouli station at the China-Russia border, up 124.64 per cent and 122.49 per cent year on year, the station said yesterday.

Potassium chloride and potassium sulfate were among the imported fertiliser ingredients produced by Russia, which were mainly sold to regions including Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has affected import services via sea freight, some companies turned to rail transportation.

Although China has entered the slack season for chemical fertiliser sales, some companies have started increasing the inventory to stabilise the market and meet the demand of farmers.

From September to November, a total of 419,200 tonnes had been imported via the Manzhouli station, some 17 times the volume imported during the same period last year, the station said.

A freight train loaded with containers at Dalian port. PHOTO: XINHUA