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In the 1st quarter of 2017 cargo turnover of the LLC “Universal Forwarder” (UF, a part of UCL Holding) amounted to 4,6 mln tons, which is by 15.6% more than during the same period of last year.
The positive dynamics was mainly conditioned by the increase in handling of general and bulk cargoes.
Handling of general cargoes grew by 22 % up to 1,7mln tons more specifically, due to the growing export of ferrous metals. Their volumes increased by 24 % up to 1.6 mln tons.
Increased handling of bulk cargoes by 11 % up to 2,7mln tons was mainly conditioned by growing export of carbon by 18,5 % up to over 2 mln tons.
Also, in the reviewed period there was a 32 % increase in the exports of wood pellets – up to 60 thousand tons, coke nut by 37 % up to 20 thousand tons and ferroalloys by 78 % up to 33 thousand tons.
From all the general cargoes decreased the equipment down to 5,7 mln tons and mineral fertilizers - by 32 % down to 47 thousand tons. The negative dynamics is due to cargo redistribution in favor of specialized terminals in Russia and the Baltic states.
From all the bulk cargoes the volumes of grain dropped by 20 % - down to 0,6 mln tons. The decrease was caused by the unfavorable market trend in the importing countries – Turkey, Egypt, Bangladesh.
In total, during the first quarter of 2017 the outbound cargo traffic of UF as compared to the first quarter of 2016 grew by 15,5 % up to 4,6 mln tons. The inbound cargo traffic grew by 20 % up to 16,7 thousand tons. Export and import shares in the structure of the company’s cargo turnover remained at the same level as in the previous year. Export share reached 99,6 %, import share – 0,4 %.
Total volumes of the sea freight in the 1st quarter of 2017 amounted to 344 thousand tons.
Main volume of cargo was handled in ports of Saint – Petersburg, Tuapse, Taganrog, Ust – Luga, Kaliningrad.