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OAO RZD ups freight shipment 3% to 677.6 mln tonnes in H1

July 2008.

Russian Railways shipped 677.6 million tonnes of freight in the first half of 2008, an increase of 2.9% or 19.2 million tonnes over the same period last year.

OAO RZD shipped 5.4% more coal, 9.8% more coking coal, 1.1% more oil and product, 1.4% more iron and manganese ores, 4.9% more iron and steel, 3.5% more chemicals and mineral fertilizers and 7.5% more construction materials.

Freight volumes on the entire rail system increased 8.1% to 1.2286 trillion tonne-kilometers.

The highest growth in volumes was recorded on the Kaliningrad (17.4% higher), Krasnoyarsk (16.2%), Far Eastern (5.9%) Eastern Siberian (5.7%) and Southern Urals (5.6%) railroads.

Passenger turnover rose 1.8% in the period, including growth of 2.3% on long-distance trains and 0.5% on commuter trains.

RZD carried 592.1 million passengers in the six months, about the same as a year earlier, reports Interfax.



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