Russian Railways have reported a 12.6% year-on-year increase in rail container traffic during 2019. All in all, more than 5 mn TEU was carried during the period under report.
Laden container transportation amounted to 3.4 mn TEU, up 13.1% year-on-year.
Commodity-wise, containerized timber and woodwork grew the most, up 32.9% year-on-year to 512.8 thousand TEU. Chemicals and soda were up 15% to 564 thousand TEU, consumer goods up 10.3% to 310 thousand TEU.
Containerized hardware increased by 8.3% up to 287.8 thousand TEU, vehicles by 10.5% up to 294.4 thousand TEU, machinery, equipment and engines by 9.2% up to 230.5 thousand TEU.
Ferrous metals grew by 14.4% up to 140.7 thousand TEU, non-ferrous metals by 6.3% up to 114.6 thousand TEU, construction cargo by 9.9% up to 113.1 thousand TEU, ‘other’ and LCL cargo by 19.7% up to 109.5 thousand TEU.
Containerized oil products were up 9.2% to 87.2 thousand TEU.
Paper was down 0.8% to 310.5 thousand TEU, and chemical and mineral fertilizers declined by 9.9% down to 38.2 thousand TEU.
In December, laden container traffic in the Russian Railways’ network amounted to 350 thousand TEU, up 25% month-on-month.