Freight vol­umes de­crease in Lat­vian ports in Q1 2018

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In the cargo trans­port sec­tor in Latvia, the vol­ume of freights car­ried by land and pipelines de­creased by 2.3 mil­lion tonnes or 7.7 % and freight turnover – by 10.4 % in the first three months of 2018 as com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2017, the data of the Lat­vian Cen­tral Sta­tis­ti­cal Bureau showed.

The statis­ti­cians re­ported on Tues­day, June 5, that the vol­ume of freights car­ried by rail re­duced by 2.2 mil­lion tonnes or 15.4 %, whereas the freight turnover – by 10.5 %. The vol­ume of freights car­ried by road in­creased by 0.4 mil­lion tonnes or 3 %, whereas the freight turnover – fell by 5.4 %. The vol­ume of oil prod­ucts trans­ported via the main oil prod­ucts pipe­line and freight turnover dropped by 38.5 %.

In the 1st quar­ter of 2018, freights trans­ported to and from Lat­vian ports ac­counted for 15.6 mil­lion tonnes, which is 15.9 % less than in the 1st quar­ter of 2017.

13.5 mil­lion tons of freights were shipped from ports, which is 20.3 % less than dur­ing the 1st quar­ter of 2017. The de­crease in the vol­ume of freights shipped was fa­cil­i­tated by the fall of 1.6 mil­lion tonnes or 26.9 % in the vol­ume of coal loaded onto ships, as well as de­crease of 2 mil­lion tonnes or 36.9 % in the vol­ume of oil prod­ucts.

Rise in the vol­ume of shipped freights was recorded in the freights of grain and grain prod­ucts (45.2 %) and tim­ber (31.9 %). Also, the vol­ume of loaded freights in con­tain­ers and roll on/ roll off in­creased by 4.6 % and 17.8 %, re­spec­tively.

The vol­ume of freights re­ceived at ports rose by 33.2 %. Rise in the vol­ume of un­loaded goods in con­tain­ers and roll on/roll off com­prised 3.3 % and 20.5 %, re­spec­tively, but in­crease in oil prod­ucts un­loaded – 47 %.

Riga International Air­port re­ceived and shipped 6.2 thou­sand tonnes of cargo, which was 33 % more than in in the 1st quar­ter of 2017.

Ieva Lūka/LETA

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