OREANDA-NEWS China has sharply raised tariffs on direct rail shipments to Russia and Belarus, the logistics portal Infotrans Media Belarus writes.

"The price increase is associated with a decrease in the number of empty containers in China, as well as with large traffic jams at the borders ..." the publication explains.

Thus, prices increased by 500-800 dollars depending on the destination station, and the fee for transportation by sea rose from 800-1000 to 1300-1500 dollars, depending on the port of departure.

At the same time, the IMB notes, most of the available seats on ships in May have already been booked.

In March, China reduced direct supplies of machinery and equipment to Russia. Nevertheless, cooperation with China shows positive dynamics, and it is premature to draw conclusions only based on a comparison of monthly indicators of foreign trade, the Ministry of Economic Development said.

Earlier, President Vladimir Putin said that the level of relations between Moscow and Beijing is very high, it is one of the essential guarantors of stability in the world.