Estonian state-owned rail freight carrier EVR Cargo’s transport volume reached 1.11 million tons in May, decreasing by 13 per cent year-on-year. The overall freight volume in the first five months of the year remains 5.7 per cent short of last year’s same period, amounting to 6.9 million tons in total.
EVR Cargo’s chairman of the board Ahto Altjõe said that the biggest decrease in May occurred in the oil products segment, where the hauling of liquid mineral fuels dropped by 16 per cent to 375 thousand tons. “The main reasons for reduced oil volumes for EVR Cargo lie in the facts that Vopak EOS’s rail operator E.R.S. hauled more goods for their own group and the import of retail fuel for the Estonian market from Lithuania was smaller in May as well,” noted Altjõe.
The volume of fertilisers diminished by a fifth to 234 thousand tons as clients preferred other transport corridors instead of Estonia. “However we do believe that this is only a temporary measure and fertiliser volumes will be restored to their normal level soon,” commented Altjõe. The freight volume of oil shale transport also dropped by a fifth to 217 thousand tons, due to reduced demand for oil shale from Eesti Energia. The volume of chemical goods increased by 33 per cent to 123 thousand tons.
Russia remained as the main trade partner in railway freight with 539 thousand tons, increasing by one per cent from last year. Latvia and Kazakhstan reduced their share respectively by 24 and 25 per cent to 93 thousand and 123 thousand tons. Trade with Lithuania dropped by 26 per cent to 38 thousand tons and trade with Belarus increased by 2 per cent to 44 thousand tons.
EVR Cargo’s container transport volume increased by 42 per cent to 6813 TEUs in May.
The share of transit freight decreased by 12 per cent to 702 thousand tons, forming 63 per cent of the total freight volume.
EVR Cargo has hauled 6.9 million tons of freight during the first five months of the year, showing a decline of 5.7 per cent compared to last year. The volume of mineral liquid fuels has decreased by 10 per cent to 3.2 million tons. The freight volume of fertilizers has increased by 15 per cent to 1.3 million tons and the volume of chemical goods has increased by 13 per cent to 0.48 million tons. Oil shale transport has dropped by 18 per cent to 1.15 million tons. Container transport volumes during the first five months of 2014 exceeded the previous year by 25 per cent, reaching 31 962 TEUs in total.
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 more than 3300 wagons and 80 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.