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EVR Cargo’s freight volume reached 983 thousand tons in June

Estonian state-owned rail freight operator EVR Cargo’s freight volume reached 983 thousand tons in June, dropping by 14 per cent compared to June 2014. The total volume of goods hauled in the first half-year reached 6.4 million tons, staying 21 per cent below last year’s first six months’ volume. 
EVR Cargo’s chairman of the board Ahto Altjõe said that fertiliser volumes topped the list of freight movements in June for the first time ever. EVR Cargo has witnessed a stable growth trend in the fertiliser segment and the freight volume in this segment exceeded the volume of oil products for the first time in June, noted Altjõe. The overall freight volume decreased due to lower volumes of mineral fuels from Kasahstan and domestic oil shale hauling, added Altjõe. 
The overall volume of fertilisers in June increased by 34 per cent year-on-year, reaching 343 thousand tons. Mineral liquid fuel volumes decreased by 18 per cent to 331 thousand tons. Dry bulk cargo volumes dropped by 21 per cent to 47 thousand tons. Oil shale volumes were down by 59 per cent, reaching 90 thousand tons and chemical goods volumes decreased by 19 per cent to 76 thousand tons. Container traffic volumes dropped by 44 per cent to 3570 TEUs in June.
The largest trade partner for EVR Cargo in June was Russia, where the total volume of goods exchanged reached 579 thousand tons, increasing by 12 per cent year-on-year. Russia was followed by Belarus with 106 thousand tons, Latvia with 56 thousand tons and Kazakhstan with 9 thousand tons. Trade exchange with Lithuania increased by 118 per cent to 73 thousand tons. 
Transit freight volumes reached 672 thousand tons in June, forming 68 per cent of the total freight volume and decreasing by 9 per cent compared to June last year. 
During the first six months of the year, EVR Cargo’s freight volume has reached 6.4 million tons, dropping by 21 per cent compared to last year. The volume of mineral liquid fuels decreased by 33 per cent to 2.37 million tons. The volume of fertilisers has increased by 15 per cent to 1.8 million tons. The freight volume of chemical goods has reduced by 18 per cent to 467 thousand tons, the volume of oil shale transport has dropped by 20 per cent to 1 million tons and the volume of dry bulk cargo by 45 per cent to 201 thousand tons. Container volumes reached 21 895 TEUs in the first six months, down by 43 per cent from last year. 
AS EVR Cargo was separated from Estonian Railways in 2012, the company serves its customers in Estonia on a 1229-kilometre long railway track as well as over the entire 1520-millimeter gauge railway network, stretching from Finland to the Black Sea and from the Baltic States to the coast of the Sea of Japan, covering all CIS member states. Rail cars are hauled to and from Russia and surrounding regions in block trains or shuttles, requiring less formalities and thus ensuring faster delivery times. The company also has its own fleet of approximately 3000 wagons and 70 locomotives and offers rolling stock repair and maintenance services to its customers. The Estonian logistics hub has several competitive advantages: fully renovated railway infrastructure with more than 25 million tons of annual free capacity, modern port and terminal infrastructure, transparent costs and a business-friendly tax and economic environment. 

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