RIGA - Last year, freight shipping by rail in Latvia increased by 12.5 percent year-on-year to 49.26 million tons, according to the data released by the Transport Ministry.
Transportation of international rail freight increased by 13.7 percent against 2017 to 47.9 million tons in 2018, while the amount of domestic freight carried by rail fell 17.3 percent to 1.36 million tons.
Transportation of transit freight grew 14.8 percent year-on-year to 44.46 tons, import freight rose 1.7 percent to 3.12 million tons and export freight dropped 10 percent to 316,700 tons.
The amount of rail freight shipped through Latvian ports grew 14 percent year-on-year to 39.41 million tons in 2018, and deliveries of transit freight by land jumped 37.1 percent to 5.04 million tons.
In 2017, transportation of rail freight in Latvia fell 8.4 percent from a year before to 43.792 million tons, which included 36.576 million tons carried in the first ten months of 2017.