Freight transport by road is increasing

28.05.2013

According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau on freight transport, in the 1st quarter of 2013 the total volume of freights carried in main transport sectors has remained at the level of previous year (increase of 0.5%) as compared to the 1st quarter of 2012.

In the 1st quarter of 2013 15.8 mln tons of the freight was carried by rail, which is a decrease of 7.9% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.

Freight transport by rail by type of transport

 

1st quarter of 2013

(mln t)

Changes of the 1st quarter of 2013 as percent compared to the 1st quarter of 2012

Total

15.8

-7.9

national freights

0.3

+26.4

export freights

1.4

-0.8

 

freights from Latvia’s ports

0.4

-53.4

import freights

13.3

-3.8

 

freights to Latvia’s ports

11.9

-8.3

transit freights

0.8

-52.7

National freights by rail comprised 0.3 mln tons - 62.1 thsd tons (26.4%) more than at the corresponding period of 2012. In international transportation the volume of freights carried by rail reduced by 1.4 million tons or 8.4%. As freight transport by rail through the Latvian ports decreased, share of these freights in the total international freight haulage diminished to 79.2%. In the 1st quarter of last year share of freights transported in international freight haulage by rail comprised 81.7%.

In the 1st quarter of 2013 11.4 mln tons of the freight was carried by road, which is an increase of 11.3% compared to the 1st quarter of the previous year. Growth in the volume of freights was mostly determined by increase of 23.8% in the transportation of products of agriculture and forestry and rise of 20% in transportation of food products and beverages.

Freight transport by road by type of transport

 

1st quarter of 2013

(mln t)

Changes of the 1st quarter of 2013 as percent compared to the 1st quarter of 2012

Total

11.4

+11.3

national freights

8.7

+10.5

export freights

1.0

+7.1

import freights

0.7

+1.6 times

cross-trade and cabotage freights

1.0

-0.9

The bulk (75.8%) of the total volume of freights by roads were national freights, where the indicator increased by 0.8 million tons (10.5%). Also international freight transportation rose by 0.3 million tons (13.8%).

Almost one third (30%) of the total volume of freights carried by road were comprised by products of agriculture, hunting and forestry, fish and other fishing products, 16.6% - by metal ores and other mining and quarrying products and peat, but wood and products of wood and cork (except furniture), pulp, paper and paper products – 14.1%.

In the 1st quarter of 2013 by the oil products pipeline 1.9 mln tons of oil products were transported, rise of 21.9% on the same period of 2012.

Passenger transportation by public transport in the 1st quarter of 2013 declined by 2.7% as compared to the 1st quarter of the previous year. Increase in the number of passengers was reached in urban electrified transport.

Passenger transportation by public transport

 

 

1st quarter of 2013

(mln passengers)

Changes of the 1st quarter of 2013 as percent compared to the 1st quarter of 2012

Regular bus traffic lines

27.1

-6.4

Trolleybuses

11.8

+1.1

Trams

10.5

+2.8

Rail

4.3

-1.5

The mostly widely used type of public transport is regular bus traffic. More than a half of public transport passengers used this transport mode. In the 1st quarter of 2013 27.1 mln passengers were carried by regular bus traffic lines, which is a decrease of 6.4% compared to January - March of the previous year. The majority (99.7%) of these passengers were carried by national bus traffic. The number of passengers carried by national transport decreased by 6.4%, of which in urban routes – by 6.7%, in regional local routes – by 5.8% and in regional interurban routes – by 5.7%. Also the number of passengers carried by international transport has dropped by 7%.

Decrease in the number of passengers carried by rail in the 1st quarter of 2013 decreased by 1.5%. 98.5% of all passengers carried by rail were carried by national transport. The number of passengers carried by national transport by rail reduced by 1.6%, but in international transport (mainly between Latvia and Russia) - it increased by 10.3%.

In the 1st quarter of 2013 22.3 mln passengers were carried by urban electrified transport, which is an increase of 1.9% compared to the 1st quarter of the previous year. The number of passengers carried by trolleybus grew by 1.1%, but by tramways – by 2.8%.

 

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