In 2021, Russian Railways loaded 1,282.9 mn tons of cargo, up 3.2% year-on-year. Most of the commodities demonstrated positive growth.
Coal loading increased by 5.2% up to 371.2 mn tons. Oil and products, Russian Railways’ second most important cargo in terms of volume, was up 4.2% to 217.5 mn tons. Ferrous and manganese ore increased by 0.2% up to 120 mn tons.
Chemical and mineral fertilizers were up 3.6% to 65 mn tons, ferrous metals up 4.3% to 69.3 mn tons, timber and logs up 2.7% up to 41.8 mn tons, industrial and forming materials loading up 5.7% to 35.7 mn tons, and coke up 7.5% to 12 mn tons.
Construction cargo loading was down 3.8% to 126.6 mn tons, soda and chemicals down 0.6% to 24.3 mn tons, non-ferrous ore and raw suphfur down 1.4% to 19.7 mn tons, and grain down 10.1% to 25 mn tons.
Rail cargo throughput during the whole year of 2021 made 2,637.8 bn tons per km, up 3.7% year-on-year.
In December, Russian Railways loaded 108.4 mn tons of cargo, up 1.4% year-on-year.
Cargo throughput in December amounted to 220.9 bn tons per km, down 2.6% year-on-year.