Encouraging signs from the Russian market
The Russian market continues to pick up overall. The goods throughput in the Russian ports from January to August 2021 amounted to 552.76 million tons, 1.6 percent more compared to the same period in the previous year. Dry goods handled rose by 5.8 percent to 274.16 million tons, compared to a reduction of 2.2 percent to 278.6 million tons of liquid goods handled, as reported by the Association of Russian Merchant Seaports. The Baltic Sea Basin ports could also grow. Their throughput of goods went up by 1.6 percent to 165 million tons. The handling of dry cargo should be underlined here. It increased by 7.2 percent.
The important container throughput in Russian ports from January to August 2021 amounted to 3.71 million TEU. An increase of 7.2 percent. The handling in the Baltic Sea Basin ports cannot quite keep pace with such an increase and rose by ‘only’ 4.2 percent to 1.67 million TEU.
The railway is also sending a good sign. The whole container traffic via RZD railway network, from January to August 2021, increased by 1.4 percent to 4.248 million TEU compared to the same period last year. Particularly encouraging are the figures for loaded containers. They rose by 19.5 percent to 3 million TEU.
Furthermore, a bit of normality is returning to St. Petersburg. On September 16, Port of Hamburg Marketing welcomed 70 guests, after a long break. Guests from the port- and transport industry in Russia were welcomed by Natalia Kapkajewa and were provided with an update on Europe’s biggest railway port and its almost 2000 container train connections per week. The Hamburg Port Railway manages a network of more than 300 track kilometers with more than 750 switches, making sure that every train finds its destination. Some of many arguments in favor of routing goods via the Port of Hamburg.