KLAIPEDA – Lithuania's seaport of Klaipeda continues to lead among the three Baltic countries in terms of cargo traffic and holds onto its number-four position among ports on the eastern Baltic coast, the latest figures from the Lithuanian port's authority showed on Monday.
Klaipeda handled 21.3 million tons of cargo in January through August, down by 11 percent year-on-year.
Riga saw its cargo flow drop by 18 percent year-on-year to 12.4 million tons, Ventspils handled 7.2 million tons, down by 23 percent, and Liepaja handled 4.6 million tons, down by 9 percent.
Tallinn publishes quarterly data. Its operator, Tallinna Sadam, said earlier the handling volumes dropped by 30.6 percent in the first half of 2023 year-on-year to 6.6 million tons.
Three Russian ports maintained their tonnage lead over all other ports in the eastern part of the Baltic Sea in January-August.
Cargo volumes increased by 1 percent to 80.4 million tons in Ust Luga, rose by 9 percent to 43.3 million tons in Primorsk, and went up by 17 percent to 31.1 million tons in Saint Petersburg.
Kaliningrad saw cargo volumes increase by 6 percent to 6.1 million tons, while Vyborg recorded a 35 percent increase to 0.9 million tons.