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Altogether 6.4 million tons of freight was transported on the infrastructure of Estonian Railways

Altogether 6.4 million tons of freight was transported on the infrastructure of Estonia's state-owned railway infrastructure company Estonian Railways during the first seven months of this year, which is 19% less than during the same period in 2019, reported LETA/BNS. 

The company told that the biggest reason for the decline lies in domestic carriage, as oil shale, the transport volume of which totaled 800,000 tons in the same period last year, has not been transported on the infrastructure ofEstonian Railways this year.

The top categories of cargoes transported on the infrastructure of Estonian Railways are fertilizers, mineral fuels and chemical goods.

"The first seven months of this year have been severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis, which has left its mark on both freight and passenger transport. In August, however, we are already sensing a certain increase in numbers and we hope that the second half of the year will be more favorable for both freight carriers and the passenger transport company," Estonian Railways CEO Erik Laidvee said.

Transit shipments accounted for slightly over 5 mln tons of the total shipments on the infrastructure of Estonian Railways in the seven months, which is 10% less than during the same period in 2019. 

Container shipments amounted to slightly over 28,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) during the first seven months, marking a decrease of 38% compared with the previous year.

Passengers of local trains numbered slightly over 508,200 in July and about 3.3 mln in the seven months, which is over 31% less than during the same period in 2019.

(Source: http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/transport/?doc=158387)

18.08.2020

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