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Container traffic on network owned by Russian Railways up 13.4% in January to 500,000 TEUs

09 february 2021

The Russian Railways’ network transported 495,000 loaded and empty Twenty-Foot-Equivalent unit (TEUs) containers in January 2021 on all routes, 13.4% more than in January 2020.

The network transported 185,400 TEUs on domestic routes, an increase of 7.6%), 126,600 TEUs for export, up 5.3%, 104,000 imported TEUs, up 10.8%, and over 79,000 TEUs on transit routes, an increase of 1.6 times.

The number of loaded containers shipped on all routes increased by 19.4% and amounted to more than 340,200 TEUs carrying 4.8 million tons of cargo, up 17.5%).

The containers carried the following categories and amounts of freight. The figures in brackets show the percentage change in TEUs compared to the level of January 2020.

  • chemicals and soda - 63,600 (+ 13.9%);
  • timber - 37,700 (-0.5%);
  • paper - 33,000 (+ 5%);
  • industrial goods - 37,400 (+ 31.4%);
  • hardware - 30,200 (+ 33.4%);
  • machines, machine tools, engines - 27,500 (1.5 times increase);
  • automobiles and components - 21,600 (+ 11.8%);
  • ferrous metals - 20,600 (up 1.5 times);
  • non-ferrous metals - 12,700 (+ 21%);
  • miscellaneous and consolidated cargo - 11,000 (+ 24.9%);
  • oil and petroleum products - 5,300 (-22%);
  • construction materials - 7,600 (+ 20%);
  • chemical and mineral fertilisers - 3,200 (-0.4%);
  • non-ferrous ore and sulphur feedstock - 2,700 (+ 20%);
  • metal structures - 1,000 (-3.3%);
  • fish - 1,300 (-21%);
  • grain - 2,600 (an increase of 3.6 times);
  • milled products - 800 (+ 6%);
  • potatoes, fruit and vegetables, - 800 (an increase of 1.7 times);
  • miscellaneous food products - 10,700 (+ 23.5%).

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