21 August report
Not yet widely reported.
State news outlet Xinhua on Tuesday reported that China’s rail freight volume had dropped by nearly 11% (10.9%) on a year-on-year basis during the month of July 2015.
The rail freight handled was 278.9 million tonnes for the month this year.
For the first seven months of 2015, China’s rail freight has dropped by 10.2% to 1.98 billion tonnes compared to the same 7 month period in 2014.
The data was reported by the National Development and Reform Commission.
The NDRC blamed “plunging demand for transportation of major commodities, including coal and metals” for the weak rail traffic numbers.
There was no real growth in rail volume even though China’s official GDP is reported to be growing.