Freight volumes decrease in Latvian ports in Q1 2018
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.