Freight traffic and freight turnover at ports decreases in the 3rd quarter

01.12.2016

Data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that, as compared to the 3rd quarter of 2015, in the 3rd quarter of 2016 the volume of freights carried by land and pipeline transport has decreased by 1.8 million tonnes or 5.5 %. The most notable drop in the volume of freights carried was recorded in rail transport – of 2.3 million tonnes or 18.9 %.

Total freight turnover has decreased by 17.2 % during the 3rd quarter. The turnover of freights carried by rail has decreased by 20.3 %, whereas the volume of road freights has grown by 1 million tonnes or 5.6 %. The average distance of freight transportation has decreased from 207 km to 175 km, and as a result freight turnover has decreased by 11 %. The volume of oil products transported via the main oil products pipeline has decreased by 0.5 million tonnes or 49.2 %, while freight turnover has dropped by 49 %.

Freight traffic and freight turnover of land and pipeline transport

 

freights carried

freight turnover

 

million tonnes

Q3 2015

million tonnes

Q3 2016

changes as % compared to Q3 2015

million tkm* in Q3 2015

million tkm* in Q3 2016

changes as % compared to Q3 2015

Total

32.1

30.3

-5.5

8 294.5

6 867.3

-17.2

 

rail transport

12.5

10.2

-18.9

4 070.9

3 243.1

-20.3

 

road transport

18.7

19.7

+5.6

3 864.6

3 441.2

-11.0

 

pipeline transport

0.9

0.4

-49.2

359.0

183.0

-49.0


Freight turnover at ports decreases, while increasing at the airport

In the 3rd quarter, freights transported to and from Latvian ports accounted for 14.2 million tonnes, which was 7.3 % less than in the 3rd quarter of the previous year.

Freights transported to and from Latvian ports, million tonnes

  

12.3 million tonnes of freights were shipped from ports, which was 7.9 % less than during the 3rd quarter of the previous year. The decrease in the volume of freights shipped was mainly caused by a drop in the volumes of coal and oil products loaded onto ships – a drop of 15 % and 25 %, respectively.

The volume of freights received at ports reduced by 3.7 %. This was mainly due to a 34.7 % drop in the volume of bulk cargo unloaded from ships.

In the 3rd quarter, Riga International Airport received and shipped 4.8 thousand tonnes of cargo, which was 12.4 % more than in the 3rd quarter of 2015 – 2 thousand tonnes of the respective cargo were received and shipped via Latvian airlines.

Less passengers carried by public transport, whereas more with ships and planes

During the 3rd quarter of 2016, 59.7 million passengers were carried by public transport, which was 2.2 % or 1.3 million passengers less than in the 3rd quarter of the previous year.

As compared to the 3rd quarter of 2015, the number of passengers carried by rail remained at the level of the previous year (a drop of 0.3 %), the number of passengers carried by regular bus traffic lines decreased by 1.5 %, whereas the number of passengers carried by urban electric transport reduced by 3.8 %.

In the 3rd quarter, 198.8 thousand passengers arrived at and departed from Latvian ports via ferries, which was 4.1 % more than during the same period of the previous year.

Passengers arrived at and departed from Latvian ports via passenger ferries, thsd passengers

  

There were 53.2 thousand passengers that arrived at the Riga Passenger Terminal via cruise ships – 16.7 % more than during the 3rd quarter of the previous year.

Over the 3rd quarter, 1.61 million passengers arrived at and departed from the Riga International Airport, which was 2.4 % more than during the same period last year. 906 thousand of those passengers arrived at and departed from the Riga International Airport via Latvian airlines – 7.4 % more than during the respective period of the previous year.

More information on transport statistics in Latvia is available in the Transport – Key Indicators section of the CSB website. The latest transport data are published in the "Transport and Tourism" section of the CSB database (short-term statistical data and annual statistical data).

*Freight turnover of land and pipeline transport is calculated in tonne-kilometres by summing up the products of the weight (tonnes) of each batch of freight transported and its transportation distance (kilometres). Tonne-kilometre (tkm) – unit of measure of freight transport, which represents the transport of one tonne of goods over a distance of one kilometre.

 

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More information on data:
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Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
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