In ten months of 2014, the amount of cargo transported by rail and sea transport has slightly increased in Lithuania, writes LETA/ELTA. According to the data of Statistics Lithuania, 40.7 million tonnes of cargo were carried by rail in January-October 2014, or by 2.1% more year-on-year. National carriage accounted for 12 million tonnes or by 7.1% less, whereas international for 28.7 million tonnes or 6.4% more. In January-October 2014, cargo handling in Klaipeda State Seaport and Butinge Terminal stood at 36 million tonnes, and increased by 1.1% compared with January-October 2013. Klaipeda State Seaport handled 30.1 million tonnes of cargo, i.e. by 7.3% more, while Butinge terminal 5.9 million tonnes, i.e. by 21.6% less year-on-year. Bulk cargo constituted 39.7% or 14.3 million tonnes of all cargo, liquid cargo 33.7% or 12.1 million tonnes, general cargo 26.6% or 9.6 million tonnes.
In January-October 2014 year-on-year, bulk cargo increased by 25.5%, general cargo by 7.3%. However, handling of liquid cargo fell by 20.6%, the decrease was due to 21.9% reduction in petroleum and petroleum products\' handling, which accounted for 88.7% of the total liquid cargo. In January-October 2014, Klaipeda State Seaport handled 371,600 containers (TEU), 213,500 road vehicles and 280 freight wagons. Compared with the relevant period of 2013, container handling increased by 10.3%, however road vehicle handling fell by 3.2% and freight wagons by 85.2%. Based on preliminary data, in October 2014 compared with October 2013, Klaipeda State Seaport and Butinge terminal handled by 20.9% more cargo.