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Volume of freights in Latvia up in first half-year of 2018

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUCompared to the first half of 2017, the volume of freights carried by land and pipelines has increased by 3 million tonnes or 5.3 %, whereas freight turnover reduced by 1.4 % during the first half of 2018.

The volume of freights carried by rail dropped by 0.6 million tonnes or 2.3 %, whereas the freight turnover rose by 3.1 %. The volume of freights carried by road increased by 4.2 million tonnes or 13.6 %, whereas the freight turnover – fell by 3.2 %. The volume of oil products transported via the main oil products pipeline and freight turnover reduced by 26 % and 26.1 %, respectively, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

In the first half of 2018, freights transported to and from Latvian ports accounted for 32.4 million tonnes, which is 4.6 % less than in the first half of 2017. Freight turnover at Riga port was 17.6 million tonnes, 0.7 % more than in the first half of 2017, at Ventspils port – 10 million tonnes or 19.2 % less, at Liepāja port – 3.9 million tonnes or 18.2 % more, but at minor ports – 0.9 million tonnes or 13.7 % more than in the first half of 2017.

28.2 million tons of freights were shipped from ports, which is 7.4 % less than during the first half of 2017. The decrease in the volume of freights shipped was facilitated by the fall of 0.9 million tonnes or 9 % in the volume of coal loaded onto ships, as well as decrease of 2.3 million tonnes or 25.6 % in the volume of oil products. Rise in the volume of shipped freights was recorded in the freights of grain and grain products (56.5 %) and timber (34.5 %). Also, the volume of loaded freights in containers and roll on/ roll off increased by 13.2 % and 19 %, respectively.

The volume of freights received at ports rose by 19.5%. Rise in the volume of unloaded goods in containers and roll on/roll off comprised 2.7 % and 12.3 %, respectively, but increase in oil products unloaded – 18.5 %.

Riga International Airport received and shipped 12.4 thousand tonnes of cargo, which was 23.6 % more than in in the first half of 2017.

In the first half of 2018, the number of passengers carried by land passenger transport remained at the level of the previous year: 121.3 million passengers were carried.

The number of passengers carried by rail increased by 4.4 %, but the number of passengers carried by regular bus traffic lines and urban electric transport fell by 0.4 % and 0.3 %, respectively.

The number of passengers arrived at and departed from Latvian ports with ferries accounted for 486.6 thousand, which is 11.3 % more than in the first half of 2017.

There were 28 thousand passengers who arrived at the Riga Passenger Terminal via cruise ships – 19.5 % 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 3.2 million, which is 18.2 % more than in first half of the previous year.

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