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During the nine months of 2018, rise recorded in both freight and passenger transport

Data of the Central Statistical Bureau show that, compared to January–September 2017, over the nine months of 2018 the volume of freights carried by land and via pipelines increased by 7.6 million tonnes or 8.6 % and freight turnover1 rose by 5.4 %.

Upturn in freight transport by rail and road

The volume of freights carried by rail grew by 2.8 million tonnes or 8.4 %, and freight turnover increased by 15.7 %. The volume of freights carried by road increased by 5.4 million tonnes or 10.6 %, whereas freight turnover fell by 1.7 %. Both the volume of oil products transported via main oil products pipeline and freight turnover dropped by 23.4 %.

Road and pipeline freight traffic and turnover


Freights carried, million tonnes

Freight turnover, million tkm


JAN–SEP 2017


JAN–SEP 2018

changes, as %, compared to JAN–SEP 2017

JAN–SEP 2017


JAN–SEP 2018

changes, as %, compared to JAN–SEP 2017








rail transport







road transport







pipeline transport








Rise in freight turnover at ports

During the January–September 2018, freights transported to and from Latvian ports accounted for 48.7 million tonnes, – a rise of 2.1 %, compared to the nine months of 2017. Freight turnover at the port of Riga constituted 26.7 million tonnes (4.8 % more than in the nine months of 2017), the indicator at the port of Ventspils comprised 15.1 million tonnes (drop of 7 %), at the port of Liepāja 5.5 million tonnes (rise of 16.2 %), and at minor ports 1.4 million tonnes (increase of 12.8 %).

Compared to the nine months of 2017, the volume of freights shipped from the Latvian ports dropped by 0.2 % and constituted 42 million tonnes of freight. The volume of coal loaded onto ships went up by 0.6 million tonnes or 4.1 %, volume of timber by 41.8 %, while volume of freights in containers and roll on/ roll off by 11.7 % and 14.8 %, respectively. Shipping of oil products fell by 2.2 million tonnes or 19.3 %.

The volume of freights received at ports rose by 19.8 %. The volume of unloaded freights in containers did not change (slight drop of 0.2 %), volume of roll on/ roll off grew by 9.5 % and volume of unloaded oil products by 13.3 %.

Riga International Airport received and shipped 18.9 thousand tonnes of cargo, which is 14.8 % more than in January–September 2017.


Passenger number: upturn at ports and airport, no change in land transport

During the nine months of 2018, the number of passengers carried by land passenger transport comprised 179.9 million, which is 0.3 % less than in January–September 2017.

The number of passengers carried by rail went up by 4.6 %, while the number of passengers carried by regular bus traffic lines and urban electric transport fell by 0.4 % and 1.2 %, respectively.

The number of passengers arrived at and departed from Latvian ports with ferries accounted for 833.7 thousand, which is 8.3 % more than in the nine months of 2017.

The number of passengers who arrived at the Riga Passenger Terminal via cruise ships constituted 74.7 thousand – 10.5 % less than in the corresponding period of the previous year.

The number of passengers arriving at and departing from the Riga International Airport accounted for 5.4 million, which is 16.8 % more than in January–September of the previous year.


Methodological explanations

1Freight 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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