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In the 1st quarter, freight transport at ports increased, by rail and road – decreased

Data of the Central Statistical Bureau show that, compared to the 1st quarter of 2018, in the 1st quarter of 2019 the freight turnover at ports increased by 1.6 million tonnes or 10.4 %.

In the 1st quarter of 2019, freights transported to and from Latvian ports accounted for 17.2 million tonnes, which is 10.4 % more than in the 1st quarter of 2018. Freight turnover at Riga port was 8.4 million tonnes, 1.6 % more, at Ventspils port – 6.4 million tonnes or 29.9 % more, at Liepāja port – 1.9 million tonnes or 5.3 % less, but at minor ports – 0.5 million tonnes or 29.9 % more.

14.9 million tons of freights were shipped from ports, which is 10 % more than during the 1st quarter of 2018. 36 % of freights loaded onto ships were comprised by coal. Its volume rose by 1.1 million tonnes (27.1 %). The volume of timber loaded increased by 0.2 million tonnes or 18.4 %, whereas the volume of freights in containers – by 7.1 %. In turn, shipping of oil products reduced by 0.3 million tonnes or 10.3 %, but of roll on/roll off – by 1.9 %.

The volume of freights received at ports rose by 13.4 %. The volume of unloaded oil products grew by 17.3 %, but volume of roll on/roll off – by 1.2 %. The volume of unloaded freights in containers reduced by 4 %.

Freight transport by rail and road is reducing

In the 1st quarter of 2019, 27.3 million tons of the freight was carried by land and pipeline transport, which is a drop of 0.6 million tons (2 %) compared to the 1st quarter of 2018.

Freight traffic by land and pipeline transport in the 1st quarter of 2019
(freights carried, million tonnes)

 

1st quarter of 2018

1st quarter of 2019

changes as %, compared to the 1st quarter of 2018

Total

27.9

27.3

-2.0

rail transport

11.9

11.7

-2.0

road transport

15.0

14.7

-2.3

pipeline transport

0.9

1.0

2.4

 

11.7 million tons of freights were carried in transport by rail, a decrease of 2 % on the 1st quarter of 2018. National freights by rail comprised 0.3 million tons – 6.6 % less. In international traffic the volume of freight carried by rail reduced by 1.9 %.

14.7 million tons of freights were carried in transport by road, a decrease of 2.3 % on the 1st quarter of the previous year. 9.6 million tons of national freights were carried, a drop of 13.2 %. 5.1 million tons of freights were carried in international transport, a rise of 28.2 %.

1 million tons of oil products were transported by the oil products pipeline, rise of 2.4 %.

Riga International Airport received and shipped 6.6 thousand tonnes of cargo, an increase of 4.9 %.

Upturn in number of passengers carried by land passenger transport

During the 1st quarter of 2019, the number of passengers carried by land passenger transport comprised 59.5 million passengers, more by 1 % than in the 1st quarter of 2018.

The number of passengers carried by rail transport increased by 4.3 %, the number of passengers carried by regular bus traffic lines – by 2.4 %, but the number of passengers carried by urban electrified transport reduced by 2 %.

The number of passengers arrived at and departed from Latvian ports with ferries accounted for 193.9 thousand, which is 6.3 % less.

1.4 million passengers arrived at and departed from the Riga International Airport, which is 5.7 % more than in the 1st quarter of 2018.

 

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More information on data:
Edīte Miezīte
Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
E-mail: Edite.Miezite@csb.gov.lv
Phone: +371 67366810

 

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