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24th International Exhibition for Transport and Logistics Services and Technologies
15 - 17 April 2019 • Russia, Moscow, Crocus Expo, Pavilion 1

How much cargo passed through Russia in 2018?

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Extensive cargo volumes are what makes transport & logistics tick, and in Russia they are exceptionally large. Join us as we take a look at trade activity in Russia in 2018; activity heralding increased freight throughput in the world’s largest country.
How much cargo passed through Russia in 2018?

Rounding up Russian trade & transport logistics activity in 2018

 
It’s no secret that four years ago, Russia was in the grips of one of its most shocking economic crises. In 2014, freight volumes dropped off considerably, due to the nation’s currency devaluation affecting its ability to trade on a global scale.
 
Flash to 2019, and this trend is full reversal. The economy is enjoying small yet healthy growth, over 1.5%, and the rouble has stabilised. The recovery that started in 2016 remains very promising, especially when we look at 2018’s freight volumes.
 

Over 5% more cargo carried in Russia

Freight train passing through a Russian valley
 
According to Russia’s state statistics service Rosstat, overall cargo transport volumes amounted to 6.8 billion tons in 2018. That’s growth of 5.2%. For context, statistics referenced in this article are taken from the period January-October. 
 
Importantly, growth rose across Russia’s two chief transport modes: road and rail. Road-based operators and trucking companies carried a total of 4.6 billion tons during the review period Growth in this individual sector was higher than the overall transport & logistics sector, amounting to 6.8%.
 
Rail loads also grew, but at a smaller rate. While growth was relatively low at 2.8%, it’s still encouraging to see. In weight terms, Russia’s rail network carried a total of just over 1bn tons of cargo in the first 10 months of 2018.
 
Another positive is the upswing in air freight volumes, which reached 900,000t – not bad for Russia’s smallest transportation mode by volume.
 

What’s behind Russia’s growth in freight volumes?

Rapid freight lorry
 
There are a few factors at play helping to expand the level of freight moving through Russia. 
 
Firstly, there’s the influence of China. As Russia’s leading trading partner, its cargo volumes are large enough when they are solely Russian-focussed. When you factor in Russia’s status as a major land bridge for cargoes from East Asia bound for Europe, Chinese products influence on growing cargo capacity on the Russian network is fairly self-evident.
 
In fact, rising trade activity and logistics partnerships with China is one of our key Russian transport trends to watch this year.
 
We also briefly touched on Russia’s economic situation earlier. Russia’s monetary problems appear to be a thing of the past. The IMF is predicating 1.8% GDP growth this year, building on the incremental GDP increases that have been happening since 2016.
 
Simply put, that means more cash in the coffers for Russia as a nation. With that comes more opportunities to trade with worldwide partners. 
 

Who is Russia trading with?

Russian coins representing trade
 
There are no official statistics on who Russia’s external trading partners for 2018 at the time of writing. However, we can gauge where the cargoes are coming from and going to from 2017’s statistics. 
 
According to Worldstopexports.com, the following are Russia’s top 15 trading partners:
 
1. China: US$38.9 billion (10.9% of total Russian exports)
2. Netherlands: $35.6 billion (10%)
3. Germany: $25.7 billion (7.2%)
4. Belarus: $18.4 billion (5.2%)
5. Turkey: $18.2 billion (5.1%)
6. Italy: $13.8 billion (3.9%)
7. South Korea: $12.3 billion (3.5%)
8. Kazakhstan: $12.3 billion (3.5%)
9. Poland: $11.6 billion (3.2%)
10. United States: $10.7 billion (3%)
11. Japan: $10.5 billion (2.9%)
12. United Kingdom: $8.7 billion (2.4%)
13. Finland: $8.6 billion (2.4%)
14. Ukraine: $7.9 billion (2.2%)
15. Belgium: $6.8 billion (1.9%)
 
Together those 15 states represent over 67% of Russia’s total exports.
 
Countries with the largest increases in import purchases from Russia include:
 
• China – 38.7%
• Turkey – 33%
• Belarus – 31.1%
• Kazakhstan – 30.7%
 
Russia’s reach is international, and this is feeding into the greater freight levels transported across the nation’s vast expanse. With that comes a rise in transport & logistics activity and contract potential. 
 
TransRussia is the place to capitalise on this.
 

TransRussia: Russia’s only international transport & logistics exhibition

 
TransRussia is the only event of its kind in Russia. 
 
For exhibitors, It’s the place to meet nearly 17,000 cargo owners, freight forwarders, retailers and others in need of transportation services and technologies on the Russian market.
 
79% of visitors purchase as a result of the exhibition and a further 71% of visitors only attend TransRussia amongst industry events. If it’s exclusively you’re after, you’ll find it at TransRussia.
 
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