Cargo Traffic via the Far East Basin Ports in may

Baltic Basin Ports’ Throughput in May 2020: Ferry Cargo Up 3.5-fold

  • The article is based on SeaNews PORTSTAT online service (available for SeaNews subsribers).

    According to SeaNews PORTSTAT analytic online service, the total cargo throughput of the Baltic basin sea ports in May 2020 remained much on the previous year’s level. Export was up 0.5%, cabotage up 28.8%, and transit surged 2.1-fold. Import, on the contrary, declined by 16.9%.

    The share of the Baltic basin in the total cargo traffic via all the Russian sea ports amounted to 32.3% in May 2020.

    More than half of the total was oil and products, with oil products accounting for 29% of the overall throughput, and crude oil for 28%. Coal and coke had the third largest share in the aggregate throughput amounting to 16.4%.

    It should be noted that the highest growth was in ferry cargo segment (up 3.5-fold), foodstuffs (+58.1%) and piece cargo (+38.5%).

    The commodities that decreased the most were grain (-64.3%), liquefied gas (-47.7%) and other bulk (suction) (-41.1%).

    Ust-Luga accounted for 39% of the aggregate cargo throughput via the Russian Baltic basin sea ports in May. Primorsk handled 26.1%, and the Big Port of St. Petersburg 22.4% of the total.


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