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Oct 12, 2017

Freight container transportation on Russian Railways’ network increased by 24.4% in first three quarters of 2017

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In January-September 2017, the transportation of loaded large-capacity containers on the network of Russian Railways increased by 24.4% compared to the same period last year and amounted to 1,921,700 Twenty Foot Equivalent containers (TEUs).

Transit traffic increased by 74% to 245,900 TEUs, exports by 16.7% to 611,200 TEUs and imports by 52% to 394,200 TEUs.

Traffic in domestic services increased by 8% to 670,400 TEUs.

The greatest increases measured across all services were in the transportation of freight in the following categories. Figures in brackets show the percentage changed compared to the same period last year:

  • chemicals and soda – 331,200 TEUs (+ 13.5%);
  • paper – 214,100 TEUs (+ 5.1%);
  • timber – 197,300 TEUs (+ 28.4%);
  • manufactured and durable goods – 187,300 TEUs (+ 51.4%);
  • general metal goods – 169,500 TEUs (+ 52.3%);
  • machines, machine tools, engines – 128,800 TEUs (+ 49,4%);
  • cars – 127,800 TEUs (+ 62.9%);
  • non-ferrous metals – 82,900 TEUs (+ 7.7%);
  • ferrous metals – 78,200 TEUs (+ 28.5%);
  • construction materials – 66,600 TEUs (+ 2.8%);
  • chemical and mineral fertilisers – 39,500 TEUs (+ 56.4%);
  • ferrous metal scrap – 17,500 TEUs (+ 10.8%);
  • agricultural machinery – 8,800 TEUs (up by a factor of 2.8).

In 2016, the Russian Railways’ network transported 2,134,700 loaded TEUs on all services, an increase of 11% compared to 2015.

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