Russian Railways have reported a 12.5% year-on-year increase in rail container traffic during January-October 2019. All in all, 4.096 mn TEU was carried during the period under report.
Domestic volumes were up 8.7% year-on-year to 1.7 mn TEU, export up 12.9% to 1.05 mn TEU, and import up 24.3% to 874.8 thousand TEU. Transit grew by 6.5% up to 464.4 thousand TEU.
Laden container traffic amounted to 2.77 mn TEU, up 1.9% year-on-year.
Commodity-wise, containerized timber and woodwork grew the most, up 36% year-on-year to 426.3 thousand TEU. Chemicals and soda were up 12.3% to 456.1 thousand TEU, consumer goods up 9.6% to 253.6 thousand TEU.
Containerized hardware increased by 7.8% up to 235.3 thousand TEU, vehicles by 11.2% up to 203 thousand TEU, machinery, equipment and engines by 7% up to 187 thousand TEU.
Ferrous metals grew by 13.1% up to 114.6 thousand TEU, non-ferrous metals by 5.6% up to 94.9 thousand TEU, construction cargo by 12.7% up to 94.9 thousand TEU, ‘other’ and LCL cargo by 21.8% up to 90.6 thousand TEU.
Containerized oil products were up 8.7% to 72 thousand TEU.
Paper was down 1.1% to 255 thousand TEU, and chemical and mineral fertilizers declined by 8.4% down to 32.6 thousand TEU.
In October, overall containerized traffic in the Russian Railways’ network amounted to 442.1 thousand TEU, up 11% year-on-year and down 5.3% month-on-month.