Latvia's freight transport by road increases

Latvia's freight transport by road increases

In Q1 of 2013 the total volume of freights carried in main transport sectors has remained at the level of previous year (increase of 0.5%) as compared to Q1 of 2012.

In Q1 of 2013 15.8 million tons of the freight was carried by rail, which is a decrease of 7.9% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

National freights by rail comprised 0.3 million tons – 62.1 thousand tons (26.4%) more than at the corresponding period of 2012. In international transportation the volume of freights carried by rail reduced by 1.4 million tons or 8.4%. As freight transport by rail through the Latvian ports decreased, share of these freights in the total international freight haulage diminished to 79.2%. In Q1 of last year share of freights transported in international freight haulage by rail comprised 81.7%.

In Q1 of 2013 11.4 million tons of the freight was carried by road, which is an increase of 11.3% compared to Q1 of the previous year. Growth in the volume of freights was mostly determined by increase of 23.8% in the transportation of products of agriculture and forestry and rise of 20% in transportation of food products and beverages.

The bulk (75.8%) of the total volume of freights by roads were national freights, where the indicator increased by 0.8 million tons (10.5%). Also international freight transportation rose by 0.3 million tons (13.8%).

Almost one third (30%) of the total volume of freights carried by road were comprised by products of agriculture, hunting and forestry, fish and other fishing products, 16.6% – by metal ores and other mining and quarrying products and peat, but wood and products of wood and cork (except furniture), pulp, paper and paper products – 14.1%.

In Q1 of 2013 by the oil products pipeline 1.9 million tons of oil products were transported, rise of 21.9% on the same period of 2012.

Source: https://bnn-news.com/

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