Indicators of transport in the nine months of 2006

05.12.2006

41.4 mln tons of freight were carried by rail in the 9 months of 2006, a decrease of 6.9% compared to the 9 months of 2005, according to the Central Statistical Bureau. Freight transportation by rail is carried out by three enterprises; of these one enterprise carries national and international freight while two enterprises carry only national freight.

In January-September 2006 national freight haulage by rail accounted for 5.7 mln tons of freight, an increase of 4.7% on the corresponding period of 2005. International freight transportation by rail in the nine months of 2006 totalled 35.7 mln tons, down by 8.5% on the 9 months of 2005. 76.7% of the total international freight haulage was accounted for by transportation through ports. 26.3 mln tons of freight were transported by rail to ports, a decrease of 11.6% compared to January-September 2005. By contrast, freight carried by rail from the ports has increased by 34.6% in comparison with the 9 months of the previous year and represented 1 mln tons of freight.

The volume of freight carried by road increased in the nine months of 2006.

40.9 mln tons of freight were carried by road in the nine months of 2006, an increase of 3.7 mln tons or 10% compared to January-September 2005. The bulk (88.1%) of the total volume of freight was carried by the national transport totalling 36 mln tons of freight, an increase of 7% on the 9 months of 2005. 4.9 mln tons of freight were carried by international road transport in the nine months of 2006 and this is by 38.5% more than in the corresponding period of the previous year. Of the freight carried by international road transport the highest increase was in the volume of export freight carried. The volume of export freight carried by road in the nine months of 2006 was 2.4 mln tons, an increase of 1.7 times compared to the corresponding period of 2005. The volume of imported freight haulage in the 9 months of 2006 was1.4 mln tons, up by 11.2% on the corresponding period of the previous year. 1 mln tons were carried in foreign countries by the lorries registered in Latvia, an increase of 28.9%.

Freight is carried by road both for own account and for hire or reward.

Freight transport by road for own account and for hire or reward by type of traffic
in the 9 months of 2006 (%)

39.9% of the freight was carried by road for own account. In the nine months of 2006 16.3 mln tons of freight were carried for own account, an increase of 0.7% compared to January-September 2005. Of the total own account freight haulage, 98.4% were carried by the national transport. In the 9 months of 2006, 24.6 mln tons of freight were carried for hire or reward, up by 17.2% on the corresponding period of the previous year. The bulk of this freight (81.2%) was also carried by the national transport.

Freight transport by mode of transport (mln tons)


In comparison with the corresponding period of the previous year the volume of oil transported by the oil pipeline in the 9 months of 2006 decreased by 26% and was 7.9 mln tons. This is due to the fact that in August this year oil transportation by the oil pipeline to the Mažeikiai Oil Refinery was fully stopped. The volume of oil products transported by the oil products pipeline has in turn increased in the 9 months of 2006. In January-September 2006 5.2 mln tons of oil products were transported by the oil products pipeline, an increase of 23.4% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.

The number of passengers carried by rail in January-September 2006 increased. In the nine months of 2006 20.2 mln passengers were carried by rail, 2.8% up on the nine months of the previous year. 19.9 mln passengers were carried by the national rail transport in the nine months of 2006, an increase of 2.8% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. 0.3 mln passengers were carried by the international rail transport, up by 2.5% compared to the 9 months of 2005.

Compared with the 9 months of the previous year, passenger transport by road in the 9 months of 2006 decreased. In January-September 2006 regular bus traffic lines carried 155.8 mln passengers, down by 5.9% compared to the corresponding period of 2005. The majority of these passengers (99.6%) were carried by the national bus traffic. Compared to January-September 2005, the number of passengers carried by the national bus transport has decreased by 6% and was 155.2 mln. Of the total number of passengers carried by the national bus transport, the majority (77.1%) was carried by urban bus routes. Passenger transportation by international bus in the nine months of this year rose by 24% in comparison with the nine months of the previous years.

In the 9 months of 2006 136.8 mln passengers were carried by urban electrified transport, an increase of 3.1% on the 9 months of the previous year. In January-September 2006 68.6 mln passengers were transported by tram, an increase of 3.5% on January-September 2005 and 68.2 mln passengers were carried by trolley bus, an increase of 2.8 %on the 9 months of the previous year.

Passenger traffic by mode of transport (mln passengers)

Prepared by the Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
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Edīte Miezīte