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Jun 05, 2019

Container shipments on the network owned by Russian Railways increased by 15.4% in January-May 2019

From January to May 2019, the Russian Railways network transported 1.97 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit containers (TEUs) on all routes, 15.4% more than during the same period in 2018.

Domestic routes saw the shipment of 817,100 TEUs, an increase of 10.3%, while transit containers amounted to 219,200 TEUs, up by 21.1%, export containers totalled 520,700 TEUs, a rise of 13.3%, while the number of containers imported rose to 414,400 TEUs, equivalent to growth of 26.7%.

The number of loaded containers shipped on all routes increased by 14.5% in January-May 2019 compared with the same period last year and amounted to 1.31 million TEUs, which carried more than 18.6 million tons of freight, an increase of 15.3%.

Containers carried freight in the following categories. Figures in brackets show the percentage increase compared to January-May 2018.

  • chemicals and soda – 214,100 TEUs (+9.7%);
  • timber – 209,900 TEUs (+48.1%);
  • paper – 130,700 TEUs (+1.7%);
  • fabricated metal products – 111.700 TEUs (+12.5%);
  • industrial products – 108,900 TEUs (+13.6%);
  • cars and components – 96,400 TEUs (+10.8%);
  • machinery, machine tools, engines – 84,900 TEUs (+5.1%);
  • ferrous metals – 54,000 TEUs (+12.9%);
  • non-ferrous metals – 45,300 TEUs (+3%);
  • construction materials– 42,100 TEUs (+20%);
  • oil and petroleum products – 34,700 TEUs (+4.9%);
  • chemical and mineral fertilisers – 17,700 TEUs (-21.1%).
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