Russian Railways have reported a 12.7% year-on-year increase in rail container traffic during January-September 2019. All in all, 3.65 mn TEU was carried during the period under report.
Domestic volumes were up 8.6% year-on-year to 1.52 mn TEU, export up 12.4% to 935.7 thousand TEU, and import up 25.6% to 788 thousand TEU. Transit grew by 7.4% up to 409.4 thousand TEU.
Laden container traffic amounted to 2.5 mn TEU, up 13% year-on-year.
Commodity-wise, containerized timber and woodwork grew the most, up 38.5% year-on-year to 382.1 thousand TEU. Chemicals and soda were up 11.4% to 405.6 thousand TEU, consumer goods up 9.9% to 225.1 thousand TEU.
Containerized hardware increased by 8% up to 102.3 thousand TEU, vehicles by 11% up to 177.8 thousand TEU, machinery, equipment and engines by 7.1% up to 166.9 thousand TEU.
Ferrous metals grew by 13% up to 102.3 thousand TEU, non-ferrous metals by 4.9% up to 84.7 thousand TEU, ‘other’ and LCL cargo by 22.5% up to 80.8 thousand tons, construction cargo by 13% up to 85 thousand TEU.
Containerized oil products were up 9.4% to 64.9 thousand TEU.
Paper was down 1.5% to 228.8 thousand TEU, and chemical and mineral fertilizers declined by 8.2% down to 29.7 thousand TEU.
In September, overall containerized traffic in the Russian Railways’ network amounted to 466.7 thousand TEU, up 18% year-on-year and up 21% month-on-month.