Russian Railways have reported a 17.8% year-on-year increase in rail container traffic during January-October 2020. All in all, 4.8 mn TEU was carried during the period under report.
Domestic container traffic grew by 12.7% up to 1.9 mn TEU, export was up 14.5% to 1.2 mn TEU, import up 15.5% to 1 mn TEU, and transit up 36.5% to 637 thousand TEU.
Laden container traffic made 3.3 mn TEU, up 17.8% year-on-year.
Commodity-wise, containerized fruit, vegetables and potatoes grew the most, up 56.4% to 6.1 thousand TEU. Other foodstuffs were up 39.2% to 135 thousand TEU, ferrous metals up 45.7% to 166.6 thousand TEU, non-ferrous ore and raw sulphur up 42.6% to 22.8 thousand TEU.
Consumer goods increased by 27.7% up to 323 thousand TEU, chemicals and soda transportation grew by 26.4% year-on-year up to 574.9 thousand TEU
Containerized timber and woodwork were up 6.3% to 455.8 thousand TEU, paper by 15.5% up to 296 thousand TEU.
Containerized machinery, equipment and engines were up 29.2% to 240.8 thousand TEU, hardware by 15.9% up to 272 thousand TEU, non-ferrous metals by 27.4% to 120.5 thousand TEU, construction cargo up 12.4% to 107 thousand TEU.
Containerized chemical and mineral fertilizers grew by 7.6% year-on-year up to 35 thousand TEU, other and LCL cargo by 19.4% up to 107.7 thousand TEU.
Containerized grain was up 28.4% to 7.4 thousand TEU, salt up 4.1% to 1.2 thousand TEU, sugar up 24.9% to 3.2 thousand TEU, meal and flour up 13.1% to 8.8 thousand TEU.
Vehicles and parts were down 3.6% to 194.3 thousand TEU, oil and products down 5.9% to 67.7 thousand TEU, metal structures down 4.1% to 13.8 thousand TEU, and fosh dpwn 1.2% to 18.3 thousand TEU.