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Rail Loading Continues to Slide

  • During January-September 2019 Russian Railways loaded 956.5 mn tons of cargo, down 0.9% year-on-year.

    Coal loading declined by 0.9% down to 276.4 mn tons. Oil and products, Russian Railways’ second most important cargo in terms of volume, decreased by 1.9% down to 172.7 mn tons.

    Construction cargo was down 0.4% to 95.3 mn tons, ferrous metals down 5.4% to 55.6 mn tons, timber and logs down 6.8% to 32.4 mn tons, soda and chemicals down 1.5% to 19.5 mn tons. Grain loading dropped by 26.2% down to 14.7 mn tons.

    Coke was down 1.9% to 8.1 mn tons, ferrous metal scrap declined by 1.6% down to 11.4 mn tons

    Ferrous and manganese ore was up 3.2% to 89.2 mn tons, chemicals and mineral fertilizers up 3.1% to 45.5 mn tons, and cement up 5.5% to 20.8 mn tons.

    In September, Russian Railways loaded 106 mn tons, up 1% year-on-year and down 2.7% month-on-month.

    Cargo throughput in January-September 2019 made 1,946.9 bn ton/km, up 0.9% year-on-year.

    In September cargo throughput increased by 1.3% both year-on-year and month-on-month up to 212.6 bn ton/km.


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