Transport enterprises of Ukraine in January-March 2019 increased cargo transportation by 8.9% compared to January-March 2018, to 163.3 million tonnes.
The State Statistics Service said freight turnover for this period increased by 2.2%, to 81 billion tonne-kilometers.
According to statistical data, in January-March 2019 some 64 million tonnes of cargo were transported by rail within the country and for exports, which is 0.2% less than in January-March 2018.
Transportation of scrap ferrous metals decreased by 27.9%, timber by 58.5%, construction materials by 26.1%, coke by 10.4%, ferrous metals by 5.6%, and coal by 2.6%. At the same time, transportation of iron and manganese ore grew by 4.1%, chemical and mineral fertilizers by 5.5%, grain and cereals by 19.8%, oil and petroleum products by 11.5%, and cement by 14.6%.
In the total volume of cargo transportation by sea overseas accounted for 61.4%. The volume of overseas cargo transportation in the reporting period decreased by 2.7% compared with January-March 2018.
In January-March 2019 compared with the same period last year, the volume of cargo transported by pipelines increased. Thus, gas pumping grew by 4.6%, oil – by 5.5%, gas transit fell by 2.7%, and oil grew by 4.9%. Pumping and transit of ammonia increased 24.7% and 21.3%, respectively.