Upturn in freight turnover at ports
In 2018, freights transported to and from Latvian ports accounted for 66.2 million tonnes, which was 6.9 % more than in 2017. As compared to 2017, freight turnover at the port of Riga comprised 36.4 million tonnes, which was 8.2 % more, at the port of Ventspils – 20.3 million tonnes or 1.5 % more, at the port of Liepāja – 7.5 million tonnes or 14.4 % more, but at minor ports – 1.9 million tonnes or 19.1 % more. There were 57.1 million tonnes of freights shipped from ports, which was 5.4 % more than a year before. The volume of coal loaded onto ships increased by 3.3 million tonnes or 18.9 %, the volume of timber – by 1.5 million tonnes or 45.8 % and the volume of goods in containers and roll on/ roll off – by 9.9 % and 10.9 %, respectively. A drop was also recorded in the volume of shipped oil products – of 2.2 million tonnes or 15.6 %. The volume of freights received at ports rose by 18.1 %. The volume of unloaded goods in containers rose by 1.1 %, the volume of roll on/ roll off – by 7.6 %, but the volume of unloaded oil products – by 13.3 %.
Riga International Airport received and shipped 26.3 thousand tonnes of cargo, which was 12.1 % more than in 2017.
Freight transport by rail has grown
In 2018, 49.3 million tonnes of freight was carried by rail, which is a decrease of 12.5 % compared to 2017. National freights by rail accounted for 1.4 million tonnes – 17.3 % less. In international traffic the volume of freights carried by rail grew by 5.8 million tonnes or 13.7 %. Freight traffic by rail to/from ports of Latvia increased by 12.5 %, their share in international traffic comprised 82.3 %.
Freight transport by road is increasing
In 2018, 76.7 million tonnes of the freight was carried by road, which is a rise of 8.7 million tonnes or 12.8 % compared to 2017. The bulk (76.3 %) of the total freight volumes by road was national freight, where the indicator increased by 6.4 million tonnes or 12.2 %. International freight traffic rose by 2.3 million tonnes (14.8 %).