During January-March 2021, Russian Railways loaded 307.2 mn tons of cargo, up 0.2% year-on-year.
Coal loading was down 5.6% to 92.1 mn tons. Oil and products, Russian Railways’ second most important cargo in terms of volume, declined by 7.6% down to 54.2 mn tons. Ferrous and manganese ore decreased by 3.3% down to 28.7 mn tons.
Ferrous metals were down 5.7% to 3.1 mn tons, cement down 3% to 4.5 mn tons, soda and chemicals down 5.5% to 6.1 mn tons, construction cargo down 8.8% to 26.2 mn tons.
Other commodity types grew.
Ferrous metal scrap was up 10.4% to 3.1 mn tons, chemical and mineral fertilizers up 5.9% to 16.5 mn tons, timber and logs up 0.5% to 10.5 mn tons, and non-ferrous ore and raw suphfur up 0.9% to 4.7 mn tons, grains up 31.7% to 7.5 mn tons. Industrial and forming materials loading increased by 11.9% up to 7.7 mn tons
Rail cargo throughput during January-March 2021 made 634.5 bn tons per km, up 2% year-on-year.
In March, Russian Railways loaded 109.4 mn tons of cargo, up 2.2% year-on-year. Cargo throughput amounted to 226.9 bn tons per km, up 5% year-on-year.