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14 January 2019

Review of Russian Railways Network Rail Freight Traffic Indicators in 2018

According to RZD press center in 2018 freight loading volumes on the network owned by OJSC Russian Railways amounted 1.29 billion tons, which is 2.2% more than in 2017. The main categories of goods transported by rail remains fuel and energy resources, such as coal, petroleum and petroleum products.

By the end of 2018, compared to same period of 2017, the transportation of coal on the Russian Railways network increased by 4.6%, and that of petroleum and petroleum products by 0.4%. The largest growth was in grain, – up to 22.6% to the loading volume of 2017. But load of construction materials, cement, industrial raw materials and ore, by the end of the year decreased.

Coal, petroleum, ferrous metals, fertilizers and grain underpin of country’s export traffic. At the end of 2018, export traffic, directed at the seaport via the Russian Railways network amounted 306.5 million tons, of which
to the North-West seaports – 130.9 million tons (+5.7%);
to the Far East seaports – 99 million tons (+6%);
to the South seaports – 76.4 million tons (+0.6%).

Freight turnover in 2018 amounted to 2.6 trillion tariff ton-kilometres, an increase of 4.2%. Freight turnover taking into account empty wagon runs was up 4% to 3.3 trillion ton-km 2,6 трлн. 

Loading volume

Carrage of container


January- December – 1.29 billion tons (+2.2%),

from which

December – 109 million tos (+0.3%)

January-December – 4.5 million TEU (+14.3%),

from which

domestic – 1.9 million TEU (+5.7%)
export – 1.1 million TEU (+16.9%)
import – 0.9 million TEU (+21.5%)
transit – 0.6 milliom TEU (+33.5%)

Freight specification 
 Figure specification of freight loading volume Figure specification of freight loading cargo in container

The forecast, voiced by Russian Transport Minister Yevgeny Dietrich at a goverment meeting in early November about freight loading volume of Russian Railways network was accurate. Same occasion, he said that for 2020–2021 represented a real increase of 2.3% for freight loading volume and 2.5% for freight turnover annually.