Transport figures dip in first half of year in Latvia

Data released by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) August 2 show that, compared to the 1st half of 2018, during the 1st half of 2019 the volume of freight carried by rail and road has decreased. 

57.2 million tonnes of the freight was carried by land and pipeline transport, which is a drop of 3.5 million tonnes (5.8 %) compared to the year before. 21.9 million tonnes 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 tonnes of freight were carried in transport by road, a decrease of 4.2 % on the 1st half of 2018. 24.5 million tonnes of national freight was carried, a drop of 3.3 %. International freights accounted for 9.2 million tonnes – 6.3 % less.

Meanwhile 1.5 million tonnes of oil products were transported by the oil products pipeline, a drop of 10.5 % and freight transported to and from Latvian ports accounted for 32.4 million tonnes, which is 0.2 % less than in the 1st half of 2018.

The number of passengers arriving at and departing 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.

But there continued to be impressive growth in the number of passengers arriving and departing from Riga International Airport, with 3.6 million, which is 9.5 % more than in 1st half of 2018.

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