June 23, 2021
In total, there are 11 checkpoints across the state border in the region.
The Sakhalin authorities intend to complete work on the reconstruction and expansion of the port of Korsakov by 2026, Governor of the Sakhalin Region Valery Limarenko told TASS.
“The plan of expansion of the operating port of Korsakov includes a container terminal, a passenger terminal, a mixed dry cargo terminal, and a seafood terminal. It is planned to complete the implementation of the project and put it into operation by 2026”, the head of the region said.
According to the governor, in total, there are 11 checkpoints across the state border of the Russian Federation in the Sakhalin region. One of them is located at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Khomutovo) airport, 10 others are in seaports and terminals, including those on the Kuril Islands. “The existing infrastructure of cargo checkpoints meets the needs for export and import, including hydrocarbons and coal. At the same time, passenger checkpoints require reconstruction in order to provide high-quality services to passengers and for the comfortable work of state control bodies – border service, customs, and so on. This applies to checkpoints at the seaport of Korsakov and at the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk airport”, Limarenko said.
In early June 2021, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Yuri Trutnev, said that the lag in the construction, reconstruction and equipping of checkpoints across the border of the Russian Federation on the territory of the Far Eastern Federal District negatively affects international economic relations and the implementation of investment projects. He demanded that the regional authorities pay attention to these objects in their respective regions.
At the end of September 2021, Valery Limarenko announced the plans to create a large logistics hub of the Northern Sea Transport Corridor on the basis of the port of Korsakov. As part of the project, it is planned to increase the total cargo turnover of the port from 1.6 million tons in 2019 to 30 million tons by 2030, including container traffic – from 1 million tons in 2019 to 24 million tons by 2030. It is also planned to implement a project for bunkering ships with liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the port area.