In the first 8 months of 2010, transport enterprises of Belarus increased cargo transportation by 11.9% year-on-year to 197.6 mln tons, the National Statistics Committee (Belstat) reported. Railway transport carried 89.2 mln tons, 2.8% more than in January-August 2009. Road hauliers transported 104.28 mln tons, a 21% growth compared with the similar period of the previous year.
There was a 23.2% decline in air transportation volume to 11,800 tons. River transport carried 4.04 mln tons (+12.3%).
Tariffs on transportation by all transport modes grew by 43.1%. Of that, railway tariffs grew by 18.7%, tariffs on road transportation increased by 10.2%, river and air transport tariffs grew by 5.5% and 1.9% respectively.
Belarus has approved a 2011-2015 strategy to develop transit potential in the region.
The strategy is expected to generate $2.4bn in cargo and passenger transit revenues in 2015, an increase of 60% compared with 2010, according to naviny.by.
Under the strategy, the transportation of freight and passengers via the country's rail and road infrastructure is expected to generate $691m and $392.2m respectively for the region.
Belarus could also bring in more than $90m in annual revenues from road tolls, up 60% on 2010.
The rest of the service areas are expected to generate $1.2bn in revenue.