Against the backdrop of falling international traffic due to the termination of cooperation with the Russian Federation, domestic freight traffic is growing in Finland. The transportation of wood is considered to be especially promising in terms of substitution. Railway Supply writes about this with reference to Rail.insider.


Finnish Railways transported about 2.6 million tons of cargo in November, which is 18% less than the corresponding month last year. In just 11 months, 27.4 million tons of cargo were transported, which is approximately 19% less than in the previous year. VR Transpoint’s domestic rail traffic rose 13% in November, while international traffic was down 72% year-over-year. In the fall, domestic transport of timber rose to a record high.

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“The good trend of inland transportation of raw timber continues. In October, we again managed to set a new record. The demand for raw wood is growing very fast. In cooperation with our customers, we quickly reorganized the wood processing system and transport concepts, which allowed us to increase transport volumes,” says VR CEO Elisa Markula.

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