Russian Railways have reported a 14.3% year-on-year increase in rail container traffic during January-July 2019. All in all, 2.8 mn TEU was carried during the period under report.
Domestic volumes were up 9.2% year-on-year to 1.16 mn TEU, export up 13.6% to 729 thousand TEU, and import up 25.7% to 596.7 thousand TEU. Transit grew by 15.7% up to 314 thousand TEU.
Laden container traffic amounted to 1.9 mn TEU, up 14.3% year-on-year.
Commodity-wise, containerized timber and woodwork grew the most, up 43% year-on-year to 296.5 thousand TEU. Chemicals and soda were up 11.4% to 310.7 thousand TEU, consumer goods up 11.7% to 164.2 thousand TEU.
Containerized hardware increased by 9.4% up to 159.6 thousand TEU, vehicles by 14.1% up to 136.6 thousand TEU, machinery, equipment and engines by 6% up to 126.7 thousand TEU.
Ferrous metals grew by 14.8% up to 78.7 thousand TEU, non-ferrous metals by 6.2% up to 65.7 thousand TEU, ‘other’ and LCL cargo by 24.5% up to 59.7 thousand tons, construction cargo by 14.1% up to 63.7 thousand TEU.
Containerized oil products were up 8.3% to 49.3 thousand TEU.
Paper was down 1.1% to 178 thousand TEU, and chemical and mineral fertilizers declined by 13.1% down to 23.7 thousand TEU.
In July, overall containerized traffic in the Russian Railways’ network amounted to 424.5 thousand TEU, up 4.9% year-on-year and up 2.3% month-on-month.