TransContainer reported rail container transportation volume in Russia in the first quarter of 2013 totaled 342,400 20-foot-equivalent units, decreasing 4,400 TEUs, or 1.3 percent, from 346,800 TEUs in the first quarter of 2012.
The drop was mainly driven by a 10.5 percent decrease in domestic transportation volume, partly offset by a 36.4 percent year-over-year increase in imports, the Russia-based intermodal freight transportation company said in a written statement. Exports were basically flat, increasing 0.1 percent year-over-year.
Rail container transportation volume handled by KenenTransService, the company’s subsidiary in Kazakhstan, totaled 15,000 TEUs in the first quarter of 2013, representing a fourfold increase compared to the first quarter of 2012.
TransContainer’s revenue-generating container transportation volume in Russia slipped 0.4 percent in the first quarter to 259,000 TEUs, from 260,000 TEUs in the same period of 2012.
Meanwhile, the company’s rail container terminal network in Russia moved 297,000 TEUs in the first quarter, a 10.9 percent year-over-year decrease from 333,000 TEUs, fueled by the phasing out of medium-duty containers, TransContainer explained. The volume of ISO container handling in Kazakhstan by KedenTransService’s rail side terminals amounted to 37,000 containers in the first quarter, a 64.6 percent increase year-over-year.