Cargo turnover at Latvian ports increased significantly


In the first three months of 2012, Latvian ports handled 22.6% more freight compared to the same period of 2011, according to the Transport Ministry’s data.
The Freeport of Riga handled 9.5 million tonnes of cargo, 23.6% more than in the first quarter of 2011. The Freeport of Ventspils handled 9.3 million tonnes (a 30.7% increase), the Port of Liepaja – 1.7 million tonnes (a 42.9% increase).
Bulk cargo made up the largest part of the cargo turnover at Latvian ports in the first three months of the year – 9.5 million tonnes (a 29.4% increase), followed by liquid cargo – 7.4 million tonnes (a 20.2% increase), and general cargo – 3.1 million tonnes (a 10.1% increase).
88,250 TEU containers were handled in the first quarter of 2012, 31.5% more than in 2011.