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Over the first three months of this year, Szczecin-ÅšwinoujÅ›cie's handlings of timber and liquids (the latter including Liquefied Natural Gas) doubled.
At the same time, CTL's rail freight subsidiary in Germany carried 4.17 mln tn, more by 24% year-on-year.
During the first three months of this year, Klaipeda's dry bulk handlings increased by almost one-third (+29.6% year-on-year) to a total of 1,545.8 thou. tn.
When measured in tonnes, containerised freight handled at the Estonian capital port rose as well - by 9.8% year-on-year to 464.2 thou. tn in the reported period.
Also Riga's ro-ro traffic was one the rise in 2017's first quarter, totalling 15,121 cargo units (+12.1% year-on-year).
At the same time, the Finnish ports handled over 3.45 mln tn, slightly less than in the corresponding period last year (-0.2% year-on-year).
With nearly 25.94 mln tn (+5.0% year-on-year) made over the course of 2017's first quarter, exports accounted for the bulk of goods handled at Ukraine's ports.
Weighted in tonnes, wheeled cargo going through Helsinki increased even more - by 15% year-on-year to 1,820,232 tn in the reported period.
In Q1 2017, exports totalled 144.7 mln tn (+6.7% year-on-year), followed by domestic traffic (+44.2% yoy to 16.9 mln tn), transits (+7.8% yoy to 13.8 mln tn), and imports (+9.7% yoy to 7.9 mln tn).