Russian Railways have reported a 15.3% year-on-year increase in rail container traffic during January-June 2021. All in all, 3.1 mn TEU was carried during the period under report.
Domestic container traffic grew by 7.7% up to 1.2 mn TEU, export was up 8.1% to 779.6 thousand TEU, import up 18% to 662.4 thousand TEU, while transit surged 1.5-fold up to 503.9 thousand TEU.
Laden container traffic made 2.2 mn TEU, up 22.3% year-on-year.
Commodity-wise, containerized grains grew the most, up 4-fold to 17 thousand TEU. Non-ferrous ore and raw sulphur surged 1.6-fold up to 18.1 thousand TEU.
Consumer goods were up 1.4-fold to 219 thousand TEU, hardware up 1.4-fold to 200.7 thousand TEU, machinery, engines and equipment up 1.4-fold up to 180 thousand TEU, potatoes, vegetables and fruit up 1.4-fold to 6 thousand TEU.
Containerized chemicals and soda were up 9.4% year-on-year to 373.4 thousand TEU, timber and woodwork up 9.3% to 293.5 thousand TEU, vehicles and parts up 38.9% to 143.7 thousand TEU, ferrous metals up 24.2% up to 120.4 thousand TEU, other and LCL cargo up 37.3% to 78.2 thousand TEU, and non-ferrous metals up 13.8% to 76.8 thousand TEU.
Construction cargo transportation increased by 22.6% up to 68.9 thousand TEU, chemical and mineral fertilizers by 20.5% to 25.1 thousand TEU, metal structures by 8.2% to 8 thousand TEU, fish by 17.7% up to 12.2 thousand TEU, other food products by 22.3% up to 88.9 thousand TEU.
Containerized coal transportation that started in February this year made 15 thousand tons during January-June 2021.
Containerized paper was down 0.9% to 175.3 thousand TEU, oil and products down 13.1% to 36.5 thousand TEU, meal and flour down 1.5% to 5.2 thousand TEU.