The Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) loaded 54,400 grain cars in January, which is 70% or 730 cars more than it loaded in January 2016. According to the company, it transported 3.5 million tons of grain cargoes and loaded 1,755 grain cars per day in January.
Out of the 50,600 railcars that were loaded with grain (3.25 million tons) in January, 43,200 railcars transported grains (2.85 million tons) to seaports for export and 7,428 transported grains (0.4 million tons) on the domestic market.
According to information obtained by the CFTS portal, the remaining 3,800 railcars transported meal, cake, and other goods classified as grain (grain cargoes).
The total turnaround time of grain cars reduced to 7.96 days in January, compared with 8.44 days in the corresponding period of last year.
The company currently has a working fleet of 14,740 grain cars. A single grain car can carry 65 tons of grain or grain cargoes.
According to the CFTS Consulting company, the 70% increase is due to bad weather last year, among other things. "One of the reasons for the significant increase in transportation compared with January 2016 is the low cargo base last year, when several seaports were forced to suspend operations for a few days due to adverse weather conditions," said analyst Pavlo Rudenko.