Freight transport saw slight recovery in first half of 2021

Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) data show that in the first half of 2021, compared to the same period of 2020, freight carried in transport by land and pipeline has grown by 4.5 %, but at ports, it has fallen by 9.6%.

48.5 million tonnes of freight were carried by land and pipeline transport, a rise of 2.1 million tonnes or 4.5 % compared to a year ago.

In the first half of 2020 rail transport freights comprised 10.2 million tons, which is 11.9 % less than in the first half of 2019. National freights by rail comprised 0.7 million tonnes – 13.6 % more. International freights by rail reduced by 13.4 %, of which export freight transport – by 13.5 %, import freight transport – by 24.1 %, but goods in transit – increased by 51.6 %. Freights carried to and from Latvian ports comprised 58.4 % of international freights.

Freights by road comprised 37.8 million tons, which is 11.1 % more than in the first half of 2019. National freights comprised 28.7 million tonnes, 9.1 % more. International freights accounted for 9.1 million tonnes – 18 % more. Of which export freight comprised 2.5 million tonnes – 38.8 % more, import freight – 1.8 million tonnes or 21.4 % more. Cross-trade and cabotage freight comprised 4.8 million tons, which is 8.3 % more. 79.9 % of total road freights were transportation for hire or reward. They rose by 18.7 %.

0.5 million tonnes of oil products were transported via the main pipeline, which is 40.3 % less.

Freights loaded at ports comprised 16 million tonnes, which is 9.9 % less than in the 1st half of 2020. What is significant – coal loaded onto ships reduced by 1.9 million tonnes or 91.2 %. Oil products shipped reduced by 0.8 million tonnes or 18.8 %. The volume of freights in containers fell by 2.8 %, of mineral fertilizers – by 10.2 %. In turn, volume of timber loaded increased by 13.4 %, of wood chips – by 0.4 %, of roll-on/roll-off – by 7.8 %, of grain and grain products – by 24.1 %.

The full report is available at the official statistics website.

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