During Q3 2019, Russian Railways loaded 318.7 mn tons of cargo, up just 0.7% year-on-year.
Coal loading grew 2.3% up to 97.1 mn tons. Oil and products, Russian Railways’ second most important commodity in terms of tonnage, increased by 0.8% up to 60.6 mn tons.
Ferrous and manganese ore was up 7.7% to 29.3 mn tons, chemical and mineral fertilizers up 1.4% to 15.5 mn tons, ferrous metal scrap up 12.3% to 2.8 mn tons, cement up by 2.3% to 3.4 mn tons and coke up by 3% to 2.83 mn tons.
Other commodities loading decreased. Thus, construction cargo was down 5.3% to 27.2 mn tons, grain down 15.4% to 6.04 mn tons, industrial and forming materials down 4.8% to 7.9 mn tons, non-ferrous ore and raw sulfur down 3.1% to 4.6 mn tons.
Ferrous metals loading declined by 1.7% to 19.4 mn tons, timber and logs by 3.2% down to 11 mn tons, chemicals and soda by 3% down to 6.6 mn tons
In March, loading made 113.3 mn tons, up 0.5% year-on-year and up 13.3% month-on-month.