Last year total volume of freights carried increased by 2%, number of passengers – by 2.5%

03.03.2014

According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau on freight transport, in 2013 the total volume of freights carried in main transport sectors has risen by 2% as compared to 2012.

In 2013 60.6 mln tons of the freight was carried by road, which is an increase of 8 mln tons (15.2%) compared to the previous year. Growth in the volume of freight was mostly determined by rise in the transportation of wood and products of wood and of gravel, crushed stone and sand of 25.9% and 17.1%, respectively, as well as by growth of 9.1% in transportation of products of agriculture and forestry.

Freight traffic by road by type of transport

 

2013

4th quarter of 2013

 

(mln t)

changes as percent over 2012

(mln t)

changes as percent over 4th quarter of 2012

Total

60.6

+15.2

14.9

+11.7

national freights

50.5

+17.3

12.5

+13.5

export freights

4.2

+0.8

1.0

-3.6

import freights

2.4

+9.7

0.6

+16.2

cross-trade freights

3.5

+9.7

0.8

+2.7

The bulk (83.3%) of the total freight volumes by road was national freight, where the indicator increased by 7.4 million tons (17.3%). Also international freight traffic rose by 0.6 million tons (5.9%).

More than one third (37.4%) of the total volume of freights carried by road were comprised by metal ores and other mining and quarrying products and peat, but 18.5% - by products of agriculture, hunting and forestry, fish and other fishing products.

Main freight traffic by road in 2013, %

In 2013 55.8 mln tons of the freight was carried by train, which is a decrease of 7.9% compared to the previous year. In the first nine months there was a reduction in the volume of freights carried, but in the 4th quarter – increase of 6.3%.

Freight traffic by rail by quarters, mln t

National freights by rail comprised 1.1 mln tons – 0.3 mln tons (17.6%) less than in 2012. In international traffic the volume of freight carried by rail reduced by 4.5 mln tons or 7.6%. In transit freight traffic through Latvia has decreased almost two times – by 42.3%. Export and import freight traffic reduced by 10.8% and 4.1%, respectively. Freight traffic by rail to/from Latvian ports comprised 82.8% of international traffic and dropped by 7.7%.

In 2013 5.5 mln tons of oil products were transported by the oil products pipeline, a rise of 13.3% on 2012.

The data compiled on passenger traffic by public transport in 2013 grew by 2.5%, as compared to January–December of the previous year. The increase was mainly determined by rapid growth in the number of passengers in urban electrified transport.

Passenger traffic by public transport

 

2013

4th quarter of 2013

 

mln passengers

changes as percent over 2012

 

mln passengers

changes as percent over 4th quarter of 2012

Total

259.4

+2.5

67.0

0.0

Rail

19.8

+0.1

4.7

+1.6

Regular bus traffic lines

147.5

+0.6

37.7

-2.3

Trams

44.2

+9.0

12.0

+8.1

Trolleybuses

47.9

+3.6

12.6

-0.7

Every second passenger of those who used public transport was carried by regular bus traffic lines. In 2013 147.5 mln passengers were carried by regular bus traffic line, which is an increase of 0.6% compared to January-December 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 rose by 0.6%, of which in urban routes – by 2%, but in regional local routes and regional interurban routes reduced by 3.6% and 3.4%, respectively. In the international traffic the number of passengers reduced by 1.4%.

The number of passengers carried by rail in 2013 remained at the level of previous year (growth of 0.1%). 98.2% of all passengers carried by rail were carried by national transport. The number of passengers carried by national transport by rail rose by 0.1%, but in international transport (mainly between Latvia and Russia) – by 3.4%.

In 2013 92.1 mln passengers were carried by urban electrified transport, which is an increase of 6.1% compared to the previous year. The number of passengers carried by trolleybus grew by 3.6%, but by tramway – by 9%.

More information:
Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
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