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Caterpillar Quietly Uses Russia as Shipping Route After Pullback

  • The company is moving parts and machines on Russian rail lines
  • Europe, China still rely on Russia as a vital supply line


Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Caterpillar Inc. continues to use Russia as a supply-chain route, even after the company said it had suspended business with the country.

The construction machinery giant’s continued use of Russia for moving parts and equipment sheds new light on already-fragile global supply chains. It also shows how dependent the European Union and China are on shipping routes that traverse Europe’s largest nation by landmass.