Amount of freight carried by Russian rail rises 11% in Jan-July
MOSCOW. Aug 2 (Interfax) - The load on Russia's railways, according to the current figures, increased 11.3% year-on-year to 688.1 million tonnes of freight in the period January-July, OJSC Russian Railways said.
The movement of ferrous metal scrap was up most during the period - 39.6% to 11 million tonnes. Transportation of coke increased 37.7% to 7.4 million tonnes, of industrial raw material and molded materials- 24.8% to 19.9 million tonnes, and of chemicals and soda - 23.9% to 16.8 million tonnes.
Haulage of fertilizers increased 21.3% to 26.5 million tonnes, containers - 19.6% to 10.1 million tonnes, ferrous metals - 18.2% to 41.7 million tonnes, non-ferrous ore and raw sulphur - 13.2% to 14.7 million tonnes, cement - 12.9% to 18.3 million tonnes, bituminous coal - 10.2% to 166 million tonnes, oil and oil products - 10% to 145.7 million tonnes, iron and manganese ore - 9.7% to 58.2 million tonnes, construction materials - 7.2% to 77.4 million tonnes, and timber - 5.5% to 25.5 million tonnes.
The rail transport of grain and milling products was 18.3% lower at 10.5 million tonnes.
Freight turnover exceeded 1.147 trillion tonne/km in January-July, and was up 11.1% up year-on-year.
There was 103.5 million tonnes hauled just in July, a 6.5% year-on-year increase.
"Last month observed growth in the hauling of oil and oil products - by 10.4%, of ferrous metals - by 6.5%, of ferrous metal scrap - by 15%, of chemicals and mineral fertilizers - by 13.5%, of cement - by 9.5%, of wood - by 1.2%, of construction materials - by 16%, of industrial raw material and molded materials by - 0.4%, of chemicals and soda - by 12.4%, of grain and milling products - by 11.5%," the RZD statement says. The company noted that there was 0.7% less bituminous coal and 2.7% less coke hauled in July.
Freight turnover increased 1.1% to 169 billion tonne/km in July.
Highlights of shipment by Russian rail in January-July 2010 (current RZD data):
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