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International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Friday, 23.10.2020, 03:35

Cargo handled by Latvian ports down 29.7% in 8 months

BC, Riga, 18.09.2020.Print version
Latvian ports handled 29.744 million tons of cargo in January-August 2020, which is 29.7% less than in the same period last year, informs LETA, according to the Transport Ministry's data.

In the first eight months of this year, Latvian ports mostly transshipped bulk cargo – 13.727 million tons (42.6% less than a year ago). This included 2.827 million tons of coal (77.3% decrease), 2.967 million tons of grain and grain products, which is a decrease of 4.2%, 1.366 million tons of wood chips (9.7% up), and 1.354 million tons chemical bulk cargo (down 15.9%).

Liquid cargo turnover at Latvian ports decreased 15.8% to 8.088 million tons. Oil products accounted for most liquid cargo handled by Latvian ports – 7.658 million tons, down 15.1% on year.

Handling of general cargo was down 9.9% on year to 7.929 million tons in the first eight months of 2020.

Handling of containerized cargo decreased 5.8% on year to 3.081 million tons, timber cargo dropped 16.7% to 2.506 million tons and roll on/roll off cargo fell 10.4% to 2.017 million tons.

Riga Port was the largest Latvian port in terms of cargo turnover in the first eight months of this year, handling a total of 15.819 million tons of cargo (26% decrease year on year), followed by Ventspils Port with 8.776 million tons (41.5% reduction) and Liepaja Port with 4.002 million tons (14% decrease).

Skulte was the leader among Latvia's small ports with cargo turnover at 647,400 tons (9.9% decrease on the first eight months of 2019), followed by Mersrags Port – 263,200 tons (18.7% down), and Salacgriva Port – 196,800 tons (13.6% down).

The total cargo turnover of Latvia's small ports in January-August was 1.147 million tons, a decrease of 12.6% on the first eight months of last year.

In 2019, Latvian ports handled 62.379 million tons of cargo, which was 5.7% less when compared to 2018.

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