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Freight and passenger transport reduce in the first half

Data of the Central Statistical Bureau show that, compared to the 1st half of 2018, during the 1st half of 2019 the volume of freights carried by rail and road has decreased. 57.2 million tons of the freight was carried by land and pipeline transport, which is a drop of 3.5 million tons (5.8 %) compared to the year before. 21.9 million tons of freights were carried in transport by rail, a decrease of 7.9 % on the 1st half of 2018. National freights by rail accounted for 0.6 million tonnes – 0.8 % less. In international traffic the volume of freight carried by rail reduced by 8.1 %.

33.7 million tons of freights were carried in transport by road, a decrease of 4.2 % on the 1st half of 2018. 24.5 million tons of national freights were carried, a drop of 3.3 %. International freights accounted for 9.2 million tonnes – 6.3 % less.

1.5 million tons of oil products were transported by the oil products pipeline, a drop of 10.5 %.

Freight traffic with land and pipeline transport during the 1st half of 2019
(million tonnes)

 

First half of 2017

First half of 2018

First half of 2019

Changes of the 1st half of 2019 as percent compared to the 1st half of 2018

Total

57.5

60.7

57.2

-5.8

rail transport

24.4

23.8

21.9

-7.9

road transport

30.8

35.2

33.7

-4.2

pipeline transport

2.3

1.7

1.5

-10.5

In the 1st half of 2019 the volume of freights carried at ports has remained at the level of 2018.

In the 1st half of 2019, freights transported to and from Latvian ports accounted for 32.4 million tonnes, which is 0.2 % less than in the 1st half of 2018. Freight turnover at Riga port was 16.2 million tonnes, 8.3 % less, at Ventspils port – 11.5 million tonnes or 15.4 % more, at Liepāja port – 3.7 million tonnes or 5.5 % less, but at minor ports – 1 million tonnes or 8.1 % more than in the 1st quarter of 2018.

27.7 million tons of freights were shipped from ports, which is 1.9 % less than during the 1st half of 2018. 35.4 % of freights loaded onto ships were comprised by coal. Its volume rose by 0.4 million tonnes (3.9 %). The volume of timber loaded increased by 0.1 million tonnes or 5 %, whereas the volume of freights in containers – by 2.7 %. In turn, shipping of oil products reduced by 1.1 million tonnes or 16.5 %, but of roll on/roll off – by 6.3 %.

The volume of freights received at ports rose by 11.3 %. The volume of unloaded oil products grew by 20 %, but volume of roll on/roll off – by 0.4 %. The volume of unloaded freights in containers reduced by 2.1 %.

Riga International Airport received and shipped 13.3 thousand tonnes of cargo, which was 7 % more.

Slight drop in the number of passengers carried by land and sea transport

During the 1st half of 2019, the number of passengers carried by land passenger transport comprised 120.3 million passengers, less by 0.8 % than in the 1st half of 2018.

The number of passengers carried by rail transport increased by 2.6 %, the number of passengers carried by regular bus traffic lines remained at the level of the previous year (increase of 0.3 %), but the number of passengers carried by urban electrified transport reduced by 3.3 %.

The number of passengers arrived at and departed from Latvian ports with ferries accounted for 483.6 thousand, which is 0.6 % less than in the 1st half of 2018.

There were 27.9 thousand passengers who arrived at the Riga Passenger Terminal via cruise ships – 0.4 % less than in the corresponding period of time of the previous year.

The number of passengers arrived at and departed from the Riga International Airport constituted 3.6 million, which is 9.5 % more than in 1st half 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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