OREANDA-NEWS. January 11, 2010. Belarus mulls supplies of potash via the seaport of Kaliningrad, a source in the Transport Ministry told.

He said the issue was being discussed, and the administration of the Russian exclave Kaliningrad Region lobbied that route.

“We have discussed this possibility a few times in 2009, but potash transshipments are still unprofitable via Kaliningrad, despite certain reductions in rates by Lithuanian railways,” he said.

For Kaliningrad to compete with Lithuanian Klaipeda port, Belarus will have to cut its tariffs by USD 1-1.5 per tonne.

In spring 2009, Belarus failed to send a pilot 3,000-tonne batch of potash to Kaliningrad.