Cargo turnover at Latvian ports reduces by 7.6% in January-August
Cargo turnover at Latvian ports reached 48.17 million tons in the first eight months of 2013, 7.6% less than in the same period in 2012, the Transport Ministry's Transit Policy Department informed LETA/Nozare.lv.
In January-August 2012, Latvian ports handled 52.15 million tons of cargo.
The Freeport of Riga handled 23.35 million tons of cargo in January-August 2013, 5.7% less than in January-August 2012. The Freeport of Ventspils handled 20.72 million tons, a 5% decrease, the Port of Liepaja – 3.13 million tons, a 32.4% decrease.
Bulk cargo made up the largest part of cargo turnover at Latvian ports in the first eight months of 2013 – 22.9 million tons, followed by liquid cargo – 17.4 million tons, and general cargo – 7.85 million tons.
The steepest reduction was recorded for general cargo – 10.2%, followed by bulk cargo – 9.9%, and liquid cargo – 3.2%.
As reported, compared to 2011, cargo turnover at Latvian ports rose 9.3% in 2012. Latvian ports handled 75.17 million tons of cargo in 2012, compared to 68.82 million tons in 2011.