Russian Railways have reported a 15.1% year-on-year increase in rail container traffic during January-July 2020. All in all, 3.2 mn TEU was carried during the period under report.
Domestic container traffic grew by 12.1% up to 1.3 mn TEU, export was up 14.8% to 841 thousand TEU, import up 13.8% to 672 thousand TEU, and transit up 29.6% to 408.6 thousand TEU.
Laden container traffic made about 2.2 mn TEU, up 15.8% year-on-year.
Commodity-wise, containerized fruit, vegetables and potatoes grew the most, up 74.1% to 4.7 thousand TEU. Ferrous metals were up 45.1% to 113.9 thousand TEU, non-ferrous ore and raw sulphur up 33% to 13.5 thousand TEU.
Chemicals and soda transportation grew by 29.8% year-on-year up to 42 thousand TEU, timber and woodwork by 6.1% up to 316.6 thousand TEU, paper by 13.5% to 204.3 thousand TEU.
Consumer goods increased by 21.5% up to 196 thousand TEU, hardware by 10.3% up to 175.6 thousand TEU, machinery, equipment and engines by 23.2% to 154.6 thousand TEU, non-ferrous metals by 23.5% up to 80.3 thousand TEU, construction cargo by 10.2% to 70 thousand TEU.
Containerized chemical and mineral fertilizers were up 4.8% to 24.5 thousand TEU, metal structures up 1.5% to 8.9 thousand TEU, other and LCL cargo up 16.7% to 69 thousand TEU, oil and products up 0.2% to 49thousand TEU.
Containerized food products continued demonstrating an upward trend. Thus, grain was up 12.9% to 4.9 thousand TEU, fish up 0.5% to 12.1 thousand TEU, salt up 19.3% to 0.9 thousand TEU, sugar up 0.1% to 1.6 thousand TEU, meal and flour up 23% to 6.2 thousand TEU, other food products up 37.7% to 86.3 thousand TEU.
Vehicles and parts were down 7.9% to 124.6 thousand TEU.