Cargo traffic at the Port of Liepaja in January-July grew by 21.5% YoY, to 3.6 million tons, the Port Authority statistics show.
Shipments of coal surged 3.7-fold, to 829,100 tons, handling of wooden pellets increased 2.5-fold, to 157,100 tons, of building materials – by 14.8%, to 341,100 tons, of oil products – by 42%, to 239,300 tons, of timber – grew by 37.4%, to 262,300 tons.
At the same time, grain volume handled at the port dropped by 12.1%, to 1,227,000 tons.
Container traffic also increased 2.1-fold, to 2,504 TEUs. Handling of Ro-Ro cargo rose by 19%m to 21,619 units.
Port of Liepaja was founded in the 1990s at the former Soviet Union’s naval base. Liepaja ranks third port of Latvia by handled cargo volume. Half of the port’s cargo throughput is fueled by crude oil and bulk cargoes imported from the CIS countries, largely from Belarus. In 2016, throughput of Liepaja port was 5.68 million tons. (Portnews/Business World Magazine)
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