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.


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