Cargo traffic decreases in Azerbaijan

Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 26

By Maksim Tsurkov – Trend:

Some 222.2 million tons of cargo were transported by Azerbaijan’s transportation sector in 2016, that is, 0.1 percent less than in 2015, the Azerbaijani State Statistics Committee said in a report.

Non-oil cargo traffic increased by 2.7 percent and amounted to 166 million tons for the year.

According to the report, around 81.9 percent of the total cargo transported in 2016 accounted for private sector.

Some 63.6 percent of the total cargo was transported by vehicles, 26.8 percent – by pipelines, 6.9 percent – by trains, 2.6 percent – by ships, and 0.1 percent – by planes.

Around 1.93 billion passengers were transported in 2016, that is, 2 percent more than in 2015. Some 88.5 percent of passengers were transported by vehicles, 11.3 percent by subway, the rest part – by other types of transport.

Some 15.3 million tons of cargo were transported by trains in 2016, which is 10.6 percent less than in 2015, the report said.

On average, the daily number of loaded railcars was 437, while the number of unloaded railcars was 420.

Average daily load of carriages in the northern direction of the railway amounted to 17,900 tons, western – 5,000 tons, southern – 1,600 tons.

Some 5.81 million tons of cargo were transported by ships in 2016, or 12.4 percent less than in 2015. Around 41.5 percent of the transported cargo accounted for oil cargo.

The volume of cargo handled at the Azerbaijani ports was 9.13 million tons in 2016.

According to the report, around 141.5 million tons of cargo were transported by vehicles in 2016, which exceeds 2015 by 2.8 percent.

Around 1.71 billion people were transported by vehicles in 2016 (an increase by 2.5 percent as compared to 2015), 96.2 percent of these passengers were transported by buses and 3.8 percent by vehicles.

Passenger transportation by metro was 217.5 million people in 2016, that is, 2 percent less than in 2015.

Moreover, some 1.98 million passengers were transported by planes in 2016, or 8.7 percent more than in 2015. Some 0.2 percent of air traffic accounted for private sector during the reporting period, the report said.

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