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Just Published: "Latvia Freight Transport Report 2015"

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Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/21/2015 -- Latvia's freight industry is inconveniently poised to feel the effects of the deterioration in trade relations between the EU and the Russian Federation. While on aggregate sanctions put in place by the West have not significantly affected the EU's growth outlook, they have hit Latvia hard. Russia is one of Latvia's largest trading partners, accounting for 10% of total exports, and both the visible goods and services trade is suffering as a direct result.

Nonetheless, tensions appear to have reached a plateau for the time being, with the EU opting not to enact any further sanctions on Russia in November, while Russia and Ukraine reached a deal which should lead to the resumption of gas supplies to Ukraine. This suggests that the risk of worst-case scenario for Latvia's banking sector, involving an intensification of capital and financial market sanctions on Russian assets, has declined slightly.

In 2015, growth across all of the freight modes in Latvia is set to be relatively mooted, with the exception of the air freight sector, which is set for year-on-year (y-o-y) growth of a healthy 6.90%. While the road freight sector is pencilled in for steady y-o-y gains of 3.60%, rail freight will fare worse with annual growth of just under 1%.

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Headline Industry Data

- 2015 port of Riga tonnage throughput is forecast to grow 1.54%.
- 2015 Port of Ventspils tonnage throughput is forecast to rise 1.56%.
- 2015 air freight tonnage throughput is forecast to increase 6.90%.
- 2015 rail freight tonnage throughput is forecast to rise 0.97%.
- 2015 road freight tonnage throughput is forecast to grow 3.60%.
- 2015 total trade real growth is forecast to rise 1.50%.

Key Industry Trends

Rail Freight Exposed To Sanctions - Latvia's rail freight sector will continue to be negatively impacted by the trade sanctions placed on Russia by the West due to Latvia's role as a conduit for Russia's imports and exports. Trade sanctions and counter-sanctions between Russia and Western states will...

The Latvia Freight Transport Report has been researched at source, and features latest-available data covering commercial transport and logistics by road, rail, air and water; industry forecasts, company rankings covering leading national and multinational operators; and analysis of latest industry trends, opportunities, projects and regulatory changes.

Business Monitor International (BMI)'s Latvia Freight Transport Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Latvian freight transport and logistics industry.

Key Benefits

- Benchmark BMI's independent freight transport industry forecasts on Latvia to test other views - a key input for successful budgetary and planning in the strategic freight transport market.

- Target business opportunities and risks in the Latvian freight transport sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Latvia.

- Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs, and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering freight transport and logistics, regulatory changes, major investments and projects and significant national and multinational company developments.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the freight sector and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

Industry Trends And Developments

Analysis of latest projects across the freight transport sector (road, rail, air, sea and logistics) including market overview which provides an outline of the key elements driving development.

BMI Industry Forecasts

Historic data series and forecasts to end-2018 for all key industry and macroeconomic indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast, including:

Transport Sector: Sector Value (US$bn); sector real growth (%); employment (`000); total freight carried by road, rail, inland waterways, maritime, air and pipeline (mn tonnes-km/mn tonnes)

Trade: Exports and imports (US$mn) by category of goods (manufactured goods, food, chemicals etc.); top-5 import and export trade partners (US$mn); imports/exports to each global region (US$mn)

Port Data: Throughput (`000 tonnes) and container throughput (TEU) for all major ports in the state

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