During January-February 2021, Russian Railways loaded 197.8 mn tons of cargo, down 0.9% year-on-year.
Coal loading increased by 3.3% up to 59.8 mn tons. Oil and products, Russian Railways’ second most important cargo in terms of volume, decreased by 9.6% down to 35 mn tons. Ferrous and manganese ore declined by 9.6% down to 18.6 mn tons.
Ferrous metals were down 8.2% to 11.1 mn tons, cement down 5.8% to 2.5 mn tons, soda and chemicals down 6% to 4 mn tons, construction cargo down 8% to 16.4 mn tons.
Ferrous metal scrap was up 9.2% to 2 mn tons, chemical and mineral fertilizers up 6.5% to 10.8 mn tons, timber and logs up 3.3% to 6.7 mn tons, and non-ferrous ore and raw suphfur up 0.3% to 3 mn tons.
Industrial and forming materials loading increased by 12.5% up to 4.8 mn tons, grain loading surged 1.5-fold up to 5.2 mn tons, and coke loading was up 4.4% to 1.8 mn tons.
Rail cargo throughput during January-February 2021 made 407.1 bn tons per km, about the same as during the first two months of 2020.
In February, Russian Railways loaded 96.7 mn tons of cargo, down 2.7% year-on-year. Cargo throughput amounted to 195.2 bn tons per km, down 1.2% year-on-year.