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Latvian ports cargo turnover drops by 3.4%

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Over nine months of 2010, cargo turnover at Latvia’s ports comprised 45.5 million tons of cargo, which is 3.4 % less than during the first three quarters of 2009.

During nine months of this year, 41.7 million tons of cargo were loaded at Latvia’s ports and shipped, which is a decrease of 4.8 % compared to the same period in 2009, indicates the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) data.

The volume of loaded and freighted timber in nine months of 2010 was 4.2 million tons – 1.8 times more than during the corresponding period of 2009. While the volume of freighted mineral fertilisers accounted for 2.9 million tons – an increase of 36.3%. At the beginning of this year, alongside with the increasing demand for iron ore in the global markets, the volume of shipped iron ore from Latvia’s ports has increased 8.9 times, totalling 1.8 million tons. Nevertheless, the volumes of other shipped cargo have fallen: oil products (14.1 million. tons) – drop of 18.3 %; and coal (11.2 million. tons) – fall of 26.2 %.

Over the nine months period, the volume of received and unloaded cargo at the ports of Latvia comprised 3.8 million tons, which is 14 % more than during the same period in 2009.

The largest volume of cargo unloaded from ships was comprised by cargo in containers: one million tons – 1.6 times more than in nine months of 2009, roll-on-roll-off cargo (0.7 million. tons) – 22.2 % more, as well as oil products (0.7 million. tons) – a drop of 5.8 %. Also volumes of other main unshipped cargo have increased: construction materials – by 40 %, grain and grain products – by 19.7%.

Moreover, in nine months of 2010, the Port of Ventspils has handled 18.9 million tons of cargo, which is 8.6 % less than during the corresponding period in 2009. The shipped cargo volume has fallen by 8.8 %, comprising 17.8 million tons, while the volume of received cargo –has shrunk by 5.1 %.

The cargo turnover at the Port of Riga in nine months of 2010, compared to the period from January-September in 2009, has dropped by 0.2 % and accounted for 22.3 tons. The port loaded and shipped 20 million tons of cargo, which formed a decrease of 2.9 %, but unloaded 2.3 tons of cargo – an increase of 31.1 %.

Furthermore, over nine months of 2010 the cargo turnover at the Port of Liepaja was 3.2 million tons – 0.4% more than over the three quarters in 2009. From this port, 2.8 million tons of cargo was shipped, which is 1 % more than during the corresponding period last year. While the volume of received cargo at the port has declined by 3.6 %.

The volume of shipped and received cargo at the small ports in Latvia was 1.1 million tons, which is 20.7 % more than in nine months of 2009.

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