Rail freight Netherlands sees positive results of 2021
The Statistic Bureau of the Netherlands CBS has announced new figures for the year 2021. This shows that 6.5 per cent more goods were transported by rail last year than in 2020. 42.6 million tons of goods were transported by Dutch rail in 2021. The import and export by the Dutch rail increased by 10.1 and 9.5 per cent.
In the first quarter of 2021, the amount of goods transported by rail decreased by 1.4 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2020. According to CBS, this decrease is due to the winter weather in February of that year. In the fourth quarter, the amount of goods decreased again, by 4.9 per cent compared to the fourth quarter in 2020. This decrease was partly caused by the lengthy work on the railways at various border crossings. Throughput suffered the most from this, declining by 35.5 per cent in the fourth quarter.
The transport of goods by rail in containers, accounting for almost 44 per cent of the total weight, increased by 6.7 per cent in 2021, good for 18.7 tons compared to a year earlier. The number of containers transported rose by 9.8 per cent in 2021, according to CBS.
Transport coal and metal ore
After containers, bulk goods such as coal and metal ore are the most transported by Dutch rail. More than 84 per cent of the total rail transport is incoming or outgoing. Most of these goods are transported to and from Germany, where they are used, among other things, in the metal industry and as an energy supply.
In 2021, the flow of goods by rail to Germany increased by 10.1 per cent to 17.7 million tons compared to a year earlier. In addition to the increase in the transport of coal and metal ores, the transport of goods in containers to Germany also increased (9.2 per cent).
CBS: “The transport of coal (including crude oil and natural gas) and metal ore (including other minerals) increased in 2021 compared to a year earlier by 6.5 per cent and 7.1 per cent respectively. The amount of metals transported, including steel, rose by 16.6 per cent last year. Chemical products were actually transported less by rail (-8.4 per cent).”
This article was originally published on Spoorpro, our Dutch sister publication.