According to SeaNews PORTSTAT analytic online service, the total cargo throughput of the Baltic basin sea ports in April 2020 increased by 2.2%. Export was up 1.8%, cabotage up 38.8%, and transit surged 3-fold. Import declined by 6.9%.
The share of the Baltic basin in the total cargo traffic via all the Russian sea ports amounted to 31.1% in April 2020.
More than half of the total was oil and products, with crude oil accounting for 30.1% of the overall throughput, and oil products for 27.8%. Coal and coke had the third largest share in the aggregate throughput amounting to 15.9%.
It should be noted that the highest growth was in liquid chemicals segment (up 3-fold), ferry cargo (+68.9%) and ore (+48.7%).
The commodities that decreased the most were foodstuffs (-49.1%), non-ferrous metals (-44%) and foodstuffs (-39.7%).
Ust-Luga accounted for 41.1% of the aggregate cargo throughput via the Russian Baltic basin sea ports in April. Primorsk handled 24.7%, and the Big Port of St. Petersburg 22% of the total.