Russian Railways have reported a 15.7% year-on-year increase in rail container traffic during January-April 2019. All in all, 1.57 mn TEU was carried during the period under report.
Domestic volumes were up 10.6% year-on-year to 649 thousand TEU, export up 13.2% to 417.7 thousand TEU, and import up 26.7% to 329.4 thousand TEU. Transit grew the most, by 22.9% up to 173.2 thousand TEU.
Laden container traffic amounted to 1,038.8 thousand TEU, up 15.4% year-on-year.
Commodity-wise, containerized timber and woodwork grew the most, up 50.5% year-on-year to 167.4 thousand TEU. Construction cargo increased by 25.9% to 32.7 thousand TEU, LCL and ‘other’ commodities were up 26% to 32.3 thousand TEU.
Consumer goods were up 13.9% to 86.6 thousand TEU, vehicles up 11.9% to 78.1 thousand TEU, hardware up 11.4% to 65.5 thousand TEU, paper up 4.5% to 106.6 thousand TEU, chemicals and soda up 10.4% to 169.3 thousand TEU.
Containerized ferrous metals grew by 13.6% up to 42.3 thousand TEU, machinery, equipment and engines by 6.4% up to 66.8 thousand TEU.
Non-ferrous metals increased by 1.5% up to 35.5 thousand TEU, and oil products by 3.9% up to 27.4 thousand TEU.
Chemical and mineral fertilizers declined by 27.5% down to 14.2 thousand TEU.
In April, overall containerized traffic in the Russian Railways’ network amounted to 411.7 thousand TEU, up 16.6% year-on-year and down 1.9% month-on-month.
Laden container transportation in April made 276.4 thousand TEU, up 17% year-on-year and down 1.8% month-on-month.