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In the 1st half of 2017 LLC “Universal Forwarder” (UF, a part of UCL Holding) handled 9.3 mln tons of cargoes, which is by 12.5% more than during the same period of last year.
Handling of general cargoes grew by 14% up to 3.5 mln tons more specifically, due to the increased handling of ferrous metals (+19% up to 3.3 mln tons). The positive dynamics was mainly conditioned by growing export of steel plants.
Due to the market expansion, in the reviewed period there was a 36.2% increase in export of wood pellets – up to 130.4 thousand tons.
The volumes of bulk cargoes increased by 11.4% up to 5.5 mln tons, mainly due to the growing export of coal (by 26 % up to 4.3 mln tons).
In addition, the export of ferroalloys amounted up to 69.4 thousand tons (+75.6%).
From all the general cargoes decreased the equipment down to 7.5 thousand tons and mineral fertilizers - down to 47.4 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 nearly 20 % - down to 1 mln tons. The decrease was caused by the unfavorable market trend in the importing countries.
In total, during the first half of 2017 the outbound cargo traffic of UF as compared to the first half of 2016 grew by 12.5% up to 9.3 mln tons. The inbound cargo traffic grew by 14.5% up to 33.6 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 half of 2017 amounted to 623.8 thousand tons.
Main volume of cargo was handled in ports of Saint – Petersburg, Tuapse, Taganrog, Ust – Luga, Kaliningrad.