It was established on October 18, 1928.
The Port of Zarubino serves the settlement. In September 2014 a joint Chinese-Russian plan was announce to expand its capacity to 60 million tonnes per year which would make it one of the largest ports in north Asia. There is a ferry across the gulf to Sokcho.
A railway line from the port connects to railway lines running north to Vladivostok, west to Jilin Province in China and south to Rajin in North Korea via Khasan, respectively.