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Main Directorate of the Northern Sea Route to appear in Russia

Mishustin noted that the Northern Sea Route is a transport corridor of world importance.  Photo: Alexander Astafiev/POOL/TASS

Mishustin noted that the Northern Sea Route is a transport corridor of world importance. Photo: Alexander Astafiev/POOL/TASS

In Russia, the Main Directorate of the Northern Sea Route will be created to organize traffic along this route. Its main task will be to organize the passage of ships, including the issuance and withdrawal of permits. The Prime Minister announced Mikhail Mishustin on Monday at a meeting with his deputies.

Mishustin noted that the Northern Sea Route is a transport corridor of world importance. This is the shortest water route between the European part of Russia and the Far East. It can be used as an alternative for delivering Russian products to other countries and importing necessary goods into the country.

– The main part of the northern delivery is carried out along the Northern Sea Route, metals, energy carriers are delivered to the world market, and cargo is transited between Asia and Europe. At the same time, it is completely located in the territorial waters and the exclusive economic zone of Russia, which is especially important in the face of external sanctions pressure, when the logistics supply chains of products are disrupted, Mishustin said.

He noted that the route is in demand both by business and by people who live in the Arctic and the Far East.

As the Deputy Prime Minister said Alexander Novak, cargo traffic along the Northern Sea Route in 2021 amounted to 35 million tons, which is 2 million tons (6%) higher than the plan. And as of July, cargo traffic has already exceeded the plan by 5%.

Earlier, Vladimir Putin set the task of bringing cargo traffic to 80 million tons by 2024.

“By 2030, according to companies that can transport their products, we expect that the volume could be about 200 million tons,” Novak said.

Novak also said that over the past two years, transit cargo transportation along the Northern Sea Route has tripled.

“This is evidence of the demand for the Northern Sea Route,” concluded Novak.

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