December 03, 2013

German railfreight decline continues

Written by  Quintus Vosman
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German railfreight decline continues Quintus Vosman

THE latest figures from Germany's federal statistics agency Destatis show that Europe's largest railfreight market suffered declining volumes in the first three quarters of this year.

Overall volumes fell 1% compared with the same period in 2012 to 274.1 million tonnes, although there was significant variation in performance between sectors. Export traffic fell by 3.5% and domestic traffic declined 1.8%, but import traffic grew by 4.8% year-on-year.

Agricultural products plunged by 11.7% and there were substantial declines in short-term consumer products (-10.6%) and metallurgical products (-6.6%). Nonetheless, raw materials including coal, crude oil and gas climbed 8.4%.

Intermodal transport, including containers and swapbodies, remained stable compared with the corresponding period in 2012, at around 4.8 million TEU.

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