Freight trains in Argentina marked another record year: they exceeded 8.4 million tonnes transported
For the second consecutive year, the 8 million tons were transported through the state freighter TAC, which remains the most extensive rail operator in the country with a 35% market share.
Cargo transportation increased by 57% compared to the three previous years after exceeding 8 million tons mobilized for the second consecutive year.
Through Trenes Argentinos Cargas, the largest railway operator in the country, 8,418,271 tons were mobilized during 2022, consolidating the objectives set within the framework of the Rail Transport Modernization Plan promoted by the now Minister of Transportation and former secretary of the same portfolio, Diego Giuliano.
In this regard, the Minister of Transport, Diego Giuliano, stated: “It is a source of pride to see how the Rail Transport Modernization Plan bears fruit. More and more tons are transported by our trains from more federal destinations.”
“Today, our trains are helping to reduce costs when it comes to exporting and producing and supplying us because they are transporting agricultural cargo to the ports, and also carrying, for example, 200% more food products, beverages, cement and cellulose pulp between our provinces. They are great allies for our regional economies,” added Giuliano.
INVESTMENTS IN FREIGHT TRAINS
The work carried out by Trenes Argentinos Cargas, led by Daniel Vispo, included: permanent investments in infrastructure, both tracks and rolling stock, as well as railway bridges and culverts.
So far, 36 works have started, totalling more than 1,300 kilometres of improved tracks and 241 rehabilitated sections, 21 recovered locomotives and more than a thousand wagons that returned to the track as a result of work in the railway workshops.
In 2023, the challenge is to maintain the level of investments that will increase productivity and reach 9 million tons. Given this, the president of TAC, Daniel Vispo, stated: “We continue working so that this year, the path is the one we have been following, that of investments, of repair the largest number of locomotives and wagons that allows us to continue increasing our loads, which is ultimately what we are for.”
The main demands that increased in 2022 were related to products for domestic consumption transported by rail. Water, sugar, wine, juice, cement and pulp reached their destination by train. If you compare with 2019, these dispatches grew by 200%, which came from Santiago del Estero, Salta, Tucumán, Misiones, and Chaco, among other provinces.
Agricultural products, which are the main TAC load, also maintained their growth in the number of tons in 2022: 43% more than in 2019. Soybeans, corn and wheat stand out in this category, most of which arrive at the ports of Greater Rosario for export.
At the same time, efforts were made to diversify the types of cargo that resulted in products such as alfalfa or tobacco from national SMEs reaching their destination by train.
This was due to the promotion of multimodal centres such as the one inaugurated in San Francisco, in Córdoba, the reactivation of the Logistics Activity Zone (ZAL), in San Luis, and the rehabilitation of stations such as Alvarado, in Salta. In addition, in 2022, the international passage to Paraguay was reactivated, one of the most important milestones, which allowed the generation of new trade agreements.
Another critical point of growth has to do with aggregate products, such as stone, clinker and sand, which, along with the development of the construction industry, dispatches increased by 84% compared to 2019. Many of these destinations are points where major works such as highways or paving are being carried out.
Source: La Cronista