In January-May 2022, Russian Railways loaded 514.9 mn tons of cargo, down 2.1% year-on-year.
Coal loading, which is Russian Railways’ top commodity, declined by 3.7% year-on-year down to 149.3 mn tons. Oil and products, Russian Railways’ second most important cargo in terms of volume, was down 0.4% to 89.5 mn tons. Ferrous and manganese ore loading decreased by 1.4% down to 48.8 mn tons.
Construction cargo loading was up 1.3% to 50 mn tons, and ferrous metals up 3.2% to 29.8 mn tons.
Chemical and mineral fertilizers were down 6.4% to 25.6 mn tons, timber and logs down 16.4% to 15 mn tons, cement down 1.1% to 9.2 mn tons, chemicals and soda down 0.6% to 10.1 mn tons, non-ferrous ore and raw Sulphur down 7.8% to 7.6 mn tons, and ferrous metal scrap down 9.7% to 5.7 mn tons.
Industrial and forming materials declined by 1.1% down to 13.5 mn tons, and grain down 16% to 9.2 mn tons.
Rail cargo throughput during the first five months of 2022 made 1,109 bn tons/km, up 2% year-on-year.
In May, Russian Railways loaded 104.6 mn tons of cargo, down 5.6% year-on-year and up 2.1% month-on-month.
Cargo throughput in May amounted to 226.8 bn tons/km, down 0.4% year-on-year.