Rason Port

From Global Energy Monitor

Rason Port, also referred to as Rajin Port, is an ice-free port in the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea) in the North Pacific Ocean on the northeast tip of North Korea. It is in the Rason Special Economic Zone in the Kwanbuk region.

The city of Rajin-Sŏnbong - two closely connected urban areas - is also often referred to as Rajin. While the name for the two locations was officially shortened from "Rajin-Sŏnbong" to "Rason" in 2000, Rajin is still commonly used to refer to the port.

The satellite photo below shows the approximate location of Rason port, South Pyongan, North Korea.

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The Rason Special Economic Zone is administered by the Committee of External Economic Cooperation (CPEEC).[1]



Rason borders Jilin province of China and Khasansky District in Primorsky Krai of Russia. China is making investments in the port as it gives it access to the Sea of Japan. Coal is shipped from nearby Chinese mines to Shanghai.[2]


Mongolia plans to ship 25,000 tonnes of coal to North Korea (DPRK) in 2015 through the port.[3]

South Korea

In October 2014 South Korea authorities said they planned to bring 35,000 tonnes of Russian coal through North Korea’s Rason port in the next month. Three South Korean companies - KORAIL, POSCO and Hyundai Merchant Marine - will work on the North Korean project, which South Korean authorities hope will link the country to the trans-Siberian railway.[4]

Project Details

  • Operator: Committee of External Economic Cooperation
  • Location: Rason, North Korea
  • Coal Capacity (Million tonnes per annum):
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Exports and Imports
  • Source of Coal: Russia, Mongolia, China

Articles and resources


  1. "Information on Entry & Investment into Rajin-Sonbong District". North Korean government. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  2. "Strategic Implications of China's Access to the Rajin Port". The Jamestown Foundation. 18 March 2010.
  3. Robert Ritz, "Mongolia partners with North Korea to deliver its coal to port of Rajin," Mongol Beat, February 27, 2015
  4. "North Korea, South Korea, Russia to cooperate on coal shipment," NK News, Oct 15, 2014

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