In the 1st quarter, freight transport decline recorded in all transport sectors

02.06.2016

Data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that, as compared to the 1st quarter of 2015, in the 1st quarter of 2016 volume of freights carried by road and pipelines has diminished by 14 %. As compared to the corresponding period of 2015, the most notable drop was recorded in international rail freights – of 3.5 million tons or 21.5 %.

Significant reduction in international rail freights

In the 1st quarter of 2016, 13.0 million tons of freight were carried by rail – a decrease of 20.6 % over the 1st quarter of 2015.

National freights comprised 0.4 million tons, that is 33.6 % more than in the corresponding period of 2015.

Volume of international rail freights diminished by 3.5 million tons or 21.5 %, of which volume of imports freights fell by 20.2 %, volume of exports freights – by 14.0 %, while volume of freights in transit trough Latvia – by 49.5 %. Freights transported to and from Latvian ports accounted for 10.8 million tons – 21 % less than in the 1st quarter of 2015.

Rail freights by kind of transportation

 

1st quarter of 2016

 

million tons

changes as % over the 1st quarter of 2015

Total

13.0

-20.6

 

national freights

0.4

33.6

 

international freights

12.6

-21.5

 

 

export freights

0.6

-14.0

 

 

import freights

11.6

-20.2

 

 

transit freights

0.4

-49.5

 

Decline in road freights

In the 1st quarter of 2016, 11.8 million tons of freight were carried by road – 5.8 % less than in the 1st quarter of 2015.

Road freights by kind of transportation

 

1st quarter of 2016

 

million tons

changes as % over the 1st quarter of 2015

Total

11.8

-5.8

 

national freights

8.1

-11.5

 

international freights

3.7

9.5

 

 

export freights

0.9

-25.5

 

 

import freights

0.6

-4.8

 

 

cross-trade and cabotage freights

2.2

40.5

 

Volume of national freights reduced by 1.1 million tons or 11.5 %. The reduction mainly was affected by the decline in mining and quarrying product freights of 54.6 %, as well as the drop in food product, beverage and tobacco product freights of 39.7 %.

International freights accounted for 3.7 million tons – 0.3 million tons or 9.5 % more than in the 1st quarter of 2015. Transportation of wood and products of wood and cork (except furniture), pulp, paper and paper products went up by 12.3 %.

Export freights constituted 0.9 million tons – 25.5 % less than in the 1st quarter of 2015. As 0.6 million tons of freight were transported, import freights diminished by 4.8 %. Sharp rise was recorded in cross-trade and cabotage freights – 2.2 million tons were transported, that is 0.6 million tons or 40.5 % more than in the corresponding period of 2015.

Out of the total road freight volume, products of agriculture, hunting and forestry, fish and other fishing products constituted 27.1 %, wood and products of wood and cork (except furniture), pulp, paper and paper products – 19.8 %, and food products, beverages and tobacco products – 10.3 %.

Key commodity groups in road transport in the 1st quarter of 2016, %

 

  

Transportation via main oil products pipelines keeps reducing

In the 1st quarter of 2016, 1.6 million tons of oil products were transported by main oil products pipeline – a reduction of 11.4 % over the 1st quarter of 2015.

Slight drop in number of public transport passengers

In the 1st quarter of 2016, 61.8 millions of passengers were carried by the public transport – 1.7 % or 1.0 million passengers less than in the 1st quarter of 2015.

Passenger transport by transport mode (million passengers)

  

As compared to the 1st quarter of 2015, number of passengers in the rail transport fell by 4.5 %, in urban electrified transport – by 4.4 %, while number of passengers in regular bus traffic rose by 0.3 %.

More detailed transport statistics is available in the CSB website section Transport - Key Indicators. Latest transport statistics indicators are published in the database section Transport and Tourism (Short term statistical data and Annual statistical data). Absolute changes and percentage changes are calculated from the data not converted into millions.

 

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More information on data:
Edīte Miezīte
Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
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