CIS, Baltic countries meet freight forecast by almost 100%
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 22
By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:
The members of the Rail Transport Council, uniting the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Baltic countries, met the freight forecasts in January-September by 99.5 percent, the council's chairman, the head of the Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin said.
Yakunin made the remarks Oct. 21 at the 61st meeting of the Rail Transport Council of the CIS and the Baltic countries.
He said that in January-September, the railways of the CIS transported 1.51 billion metric tons of cargo, or 0.5 percent less than the projected figure.
"The railway administrations of all countries, except for Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine, fulfilled the loading liabilities," Yakunin said.
He said the cargo transportation in international traffic fell by 9.4 percent, while the cargo loading decreased by 2.5 percent; however the average distance of transportations rose by 6.3 percent.
"The container transportations rose by 11.8 percent, and the loading of large containers accelerated by 0.4 days," Yakunin added.
He noted that the railway network has worked using sufficient number of cars and almost 87 percent of private cars in the general park have been available.
"In the first nine months, 51,800 cars were uncoupled, which is 4 percent less than in the same period of last year. At the same time, 15,800 cars were uncoupled due to technical reasons, and 5,100 cars due to customs reasons," Yakunin said.
Edited by CN