12 Oct 2017 10:12 |Category:  LAT English 1st page news

Rail freight in Latvia down 2.8% in first nine months

RIGA, Oct 12, BNS - Freight transportation using the Latvian railway infrastructure amounted to 33.314 million tons in the first nine months of this year, down 2.8 percent from the same period in 2016, the data of the Transport Ministry shows.

International cargo shipments by rail in the first nine months of the year was at 32.081 million tons, down 3.1 percent from the nine months of 2016, while domestic shipments rose 7.5 percent to 1.233 million tons.

Transit cargo carried by rail was at 29.528 million tons in the first nine months of the year, or 1 percent more than a year ago. Import cargo carried by rail was at 2.302 million tons (down by 23.7 percent), while export cargo was at 250,700 tons (3.4 times reduction).

Shipping of rail cargo via Latvian ports declined 3.5 percent year-on-year to 27.036 million tons, while deliveries of transit cargo by land grew twice to 2.492 million tons.

A total of 34.262 million tons of freight were shipped by rail in Latvia in the nine months of 2016.

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