\r\nAccording to figures released this week by German federal statistics agency Destatis, the previously reported decline in volumes in Germany - Europe's largest railfreight market - has continued into the third quarter.\r\nOverall volumes between January and September dropped to 270.6 million tonnes, a 2.1% decline compared with the same period in 2014. The biggest reduction in traffic by category was coal and oil (-6.8%) followed by metal ores and recycling materials, including scrap metal, (-5% and -5.6% respectively). The only traffic type showing real growth was chemicals, which rose 4.1% to 32.3 million tonnes.\r\nExport traffic fell 3.1% but imports plunged 9.3%, reflecting the decline in coal imports from neighbouring countries such as Poland.\r\nMeasured by tonne-km, traffic was largely static with a 0.2% year-on-year increase to 85.6 billion tonne-km - within this transit traffic rose by 2.2%. Intermodal traffic fell by 9.6% with 4.4 million TEUs transported in the first nine months, compared with 4.8 million TEUs during the corresponding period in 2014.\r\nMeanwhile in the neighbouring Czech Republic the country's largest railfreight operator \u010cD Cargo has reported a 5.9% year-on-year decline in third quarter volumes. \u010cD Cargo transported 16.3 million tonnes which is broadly in line with the volumes for the first and second quarters of 2015.