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Russian Railways’ Loading Down

  • During January-May Russian Railways loaded 532.1 mn tons of cargo, down 0.7% year-on-year.

    Coal loading grew 0.8% up to 159.2 mn tons. Ferrous and manganese ore was up 6% to 49.6 mn tons, chemical and mineral fertilizers up 0.7% to 25.4 mn tons, ferrous metal scrap up 4.7% to 5.6 mn tons, cement up by 5% to 9.6 mn tons and coke up by 3.4% to 3.8 mn tons, and coke up 2.2% to 4.6 mn tons.

    Other commodities loading decreased. The loading of oil and products, Russian Railways’ second most important commodity in terms of tonnage, declined by 1.7% year-on-year down to 97.1 mn tons. Construction cargo was down 5.6% to 49 mn tons, industrial and forming materials down 3.1% to 14 mn tons.

    Timber and logs loading decreased by 4.6% down to 18.7 mn tons, ferrous metal by 2.5% down to 32.2 mn tons, grain by 32% down to 8.4 mn tons.

    Non-ferrous metals and sulphur were down 2.1% to 8.1 mn tons, chemicals and soda down 2.9% to 11.1 mn tons.

    In May, Russian Railways loaded 106.1 mn tons, down just 2.6% year-on-year and down 0.8% compared to April 2019.

    Cargo throughput in January-May 2019 made 1,101 bn ton/km, up 2.7% year-on-year.

    In May cargo throughput increased 2.3% month-on-month up to 224.4 bn ton/km.

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