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25 July 2019

Results of the Russian Federation Transport Activities for the First Half of 2019

According to the data of the Russian Federal State Statistics Service in period from January to June of 2019, Russian transport activities loading capacity amounted to 3.7 billion tons of freight, which has been less by 0.8% than the same period of last year.

Since the beginning of the year, the positive trend of loading was shown only in January ↑3.5% (as to January of 2018). The recession began in February and continues for today. In February loading volume decreased by 1.2%, in March by 0.1%, in April volume was at the same level as 2018, in May decreased continue (↓2.4%), in June – ↓ 3.4%. By the end of the first half of 2019 on all transport activities fixed negative trend of loading volume.

Railway roads infrastructure

For the six month of 2019 railway roads infrastructure carried 633.6 tons of freights (↓1.5%).
Increased freight of cement ↑5.9%, iron and manganese ore ↑3.8%, chemical and mineral fertilizers ↑0.9%, coke ↑0.2%. Decreased freight of grain ↓36.4, timber and construction supplies ↓5.6% and ↓4.6% respectively, ferrous metals ↓3.3%, industrial raw and molding materials ↓3.1%, non-ferrous ores and sulfuric raw materials ↓2.5%, petroleum and petroleum products ↓2.4%, chemicals and soda ↓2%, ferrous metal scrap ↓0.2%.

Transportation of containers increased by 14.6% up to 2.4 million TEU, which is 22.6 million tons (↑14.7%) by weight.

Including:

LoadedEmpty

11.56 million TEU ↑ 13%,

from which:

Export – 567.2 thousand TEU ↑ 17.2%
Domestic – 471.2 thousand TEU ↑8.5%
Import – 327.4 thousand TEU ↑11%
Transit – 219.6 thousand TEU ↑22.6%

0.8 million TEU ↑16.6%,

from which:

Domestic – 512.9 thousand TEU ↑10.8%
Import – 183.46 thousand TEU ↑62.8%
Export – 56.87 thousand TEU ↓16.9%
Transit – 46.73 thousand TEU ↑0.8%

From which special type containers (of special type) – 289 thousand TEU, including:
tank containers – 248.4 thousand TEU ↑16.2%;
refrigerated containers – 30.8 thousand TEU ↑4.8%;
thermal containers – 9.8 thousand TEU ↑22.1%.
The recession in railway road infrastructure began in April, when load drop amounted to 1.9%, in May 3.8%, in June 5.4%. Before April, in the first quarter of 2019, railway freight transportation had grown.

Breakdown by means of the Russian Federation Transport Activities for the first half of 2019 is given below:

 Loading dataFreight turnover
All types of transport3.7 billion ton (↓0.8%)2.8 trillion ton-km (↑1.7%)
Railway transport634.3 million tons (↓1.5%)1.3 billion ton-km (↑1.9%)
Motor vehicle transport2.4 billion tons (level of 2018)127 billion ton-km (↑7.2%)
Inland waterway transport33.4 million tons (↓17.4%)26 billion ton-km (↑3.1%)
Maritime transport9.2 million tons (↓5.8%)17.4 billion ton-km (↓6.3%)
Air transport0.5 million tons (↓4.4%)3.5 billion ton-km (↓6.2%)
Pipeline transport581.3 million tons (↓1.5%)1.3 trillion ton-km (↑1.2%)

The forecast of Oleg Belozerov which published by IA RNS in October of 2018 about loading volumes and freight turnover for 2019 amounted to ↑1.5% for loading volumes and ↑2.6% for freight turnover.