In January-March 2022, Russian Railways loaded 307.9 mn tons of cargo, up 0.2% year-on-year.
Coal loading, which is Russian Railways’ top commodity, declined by 0.9% year-on-year down to 91.2 mn tons. Oil and products, Russian Railways’ second most important cargo in terms of volume, was up 2.2% to 55.4 mn tons.
Ferrous and manganese ore increased by 1.1% up to 29.1 mn tons. Ferrous metals were up 5.8% to 18 mn tons, cement up 6.8% to 4.8 mn tons, soda and chemicals up 2.1% to 6.2 mn tons, and coke up 1.1% to 2.8 mn tons.
Construction cargo loading increased by 0.5% up to 26.4 mn tons, industrial and forming materials by 7.5% to 8.3 mn tons.
Other commodities demonstrated a negative trend.
Containerized chemical and mineral fertilizers were down 2.8% to 16 mn tons, timber and logs down 15.4% to 8.9 mn tons, non-ferrous ore and raw suphfur down 9.1% to 4.3 mn tons, ferrous metals scrap down 8% to 2.9 mn tons, and grain down 25.1% to 5.6 mn tons.
Rail cargo throughput during the first three months of 2022 made 660.1 bn tons/km, up 3.9% year-on-year.
In March, Russian Railways loaded 106.7 mn tons of cargo, down 2.4% year-on-year.
Cargo throughput in March amounted to 234.3 bn tons/km, up 3.1% year-on-year.