In the first half of 2013 the total volume of freights carried in main transport sectors has remained at the level of previous year (decrease of 0.3%) as compared to the first half of 2012.
In the first half of 2013 29.4 million tons of the freight was carried by rail, which is a decrease of 12.7% compared to January – June of the previous year, according to information compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.
National freights by rail comprised 0.4 million tons – 40.2 thousand tons (8.4%) less than at the corresponding period of 2012. In international transportation the volume of freights carried by rail reduced by 4.2 million tons or 12.8%. Freight transport through the Latvia’s ports, which comprised 81.9% of international freight haulage diminished by 13.2%.
In the first half of 2013 27.2 million tons of the freight was carried by road, which is an increase of 3.4 million tons or 14.3% compared to the first half of the previous year. Growth in the volume of freights was mostly determined by rise of 20.6% in the transportation of gravel, crushed stone and sand and increase of 10.4% in transportation of products of agriculture and forestry.
The bulk (80.5%) of the total volume of freights by roads were national freights, where the indicator increased by 3.1 million tons (16.3%). Also international freight transportation rose by 0.3 million tons (6.7%).
One third (33%) of the total volume of freights carried by road were comprised by metal ores and other mining and quarrying products and peat, but 19.6% – by products of agriculture, hunting and forestry, fish and other fishing products.
In the first half of 2013 3.6 million tons of oil products were transported by the oil products pipeline, rise of 25.3% on the same period of 2012.