Universal Forwarder LLC handled 18.6 mln t of cargo in 2017 (photo)
In 2017, Universal Forwarder LLC (a company of UCL Holding) handled 18.6 mln t of cargo, 12% more than in 2016. The company says its throughput growth was driven by increased transshipment of dry bulk and general cargo.
Transshipment of dry bulk cargo grew by 16.4% to 11.5 mln t. The growth should be primarily attributed to increased exports of coal to 8.6 mln t (+20.2%) and grain to 2.6 mln t (+24.4%). In the reporting period, the company also increased exports of ferrous-based alloys to 144,400 t (+160.2%). Transshipment of pet coke totaled 117,400 t.
Transshipment of general cargo climbed by 4.6% to 6.4 mln t including 5.9 mln t of ferrous metal (+13.5%). In the segment of general cargo the company increased exports of pellets by 42.2% to 290,700 t amid the energy policy of EU countries focused on pellet fuel.
The last quarter of 2017 saw a continued decline in handling of equipment and mineral fertilizers which had a negative impact on the year results (down to 24,700 and 103,900 accordingly). Downward trend in transshipment of mineral fertilizers is attributed to the client’s partial shifting of this cargo flow to other sea terminals of the Baltic States. Transshipment of equipment fell amid reduction of procurement from foreign countries and redirection of some cargoes to other terminals of Russia.
Export/import share of the company’s total throughput remained at 99.6% / 0.4% accordingly.
In 2017, the company’s services on sea tonnage charter totaled 1 mln t.
Universal Forwarder LLC (a company of the international transportation group UCL Holding) is a logistic operator providing its clients with a wide range of services on transshipment of project, general, Ro-Ro and other types of cargo at sea and river ports of Russia and other countries as well as forwarding, agency, sea/river charter services and railway cargo delivery.