Russian Railways have reported a 14.5% year-on-year increase in rail container traffic during January-June 2020. All in all, 2.7 mn TEU was carried during the period under report.
Domestic container traffic grew by 12.2% up to 1.1 mn TEU, export was up 15.5% to 720.9 thousand TEU, import up 13.1% to 561.3 thousand TEU, and transit up 23.7% to 331.9 thousand TEU.
Laden container traffic made 1.8 mn TEU, up 14.8% year-on-year.
Commodity-wise, containerized fruit, vegetables and potatoes grew the most, up 72% to 4.3 thousand TEU. Ferrous metals were up 46.6% to 96.9 thousand TEU, non-ferrous ore and raw sulphur up 31% to 11.2 thousand TEU.
Chemicals and soda transportation grew by 30.9% year-on-year up to 341.2 thousand TEU, timber and woodwork by 6.5% up to 268.4 thousand TEU, paper by 14.2% to 176.9 thousand TEU.
Consumer goods increased by 17.2% up to 155.6 thousand TEU, hardware by 6% up to 143.1 thousand TEU, machinery, equipment and engines by 21.7% to 127 thousand TEU, non-ferrous metals by 22.6% up to 67.5 thousand TEU, construction cargo by 6.7% to 56.2 thousand TEU.
Containerized chemical and mineral fertilizers were up 1.1% to 20.8 thousand TEU, metal structures up 2.1% to 7.4 thousand TEU, other and LCL cargo up 14.2% to 56.9 thousand TEU. Oil and products remained level with the H1 2019 result at 42 thousand TEU.
Containerized food products continue demonstrating an upward trend. Thus, grain was up 10.8% to 4.2 thousand TEU, other food products up 36.6% to 72.7 thousand TEU.
On the other hand, vehicles and parts were down 10% to 103.5 thousand TEU, and fish down 0.2% to 10.4 thousand TEU.