CHINESE AND RUSSIAN RAILROAD OFFICIALS NEGOTIATE IN CHINA

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VLADIVOSTOK, April 26 (RIA Novosti's Anatoly Ilyukhov) - Business negotiations between representatives of the Russian Far Eastern Railway and the Harbin Railway (China) started on Monday in Suifenhe, China, a border station.

The Russian delegation is headed by the head of the Vladivostok department of the Far Eastern Railway, Valery Tarabarov.

As the public relations service of the Far Eastern Railway told RIA Novosti, during their three-day business meeting the sides intend to discuss the future transportation of oil products to China through the maritime border station of Grodekovo.

The dynamics of the freight traffic between two neighbor border stations of Grodekovo (Russia) and Suifenhe (China) has a tendency toward stable growth.

Five years ago, 1 million metric tons of goods were shipped on the railroad between these two stations, in 2003, 5.7 million metric tons of cargo were processed. This year it is planned to increase the figure to 7 million tons.

The Grodekovo - Suifenhe railroad junction has recently started to play the role of the most important transport corridor of Russia. The main export cargo from Russia - timber - is processed using new technology that makes the work of customs officers and the quarantine service easier.

In December 2003, a new cargo - coke, a fossil fuel - appeared on that railroad. The Chinese part transports coke through the Maritime Territory to the port of Nakhodka. More than 30,000 metric tons of Chinese coke have already been transported.

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