Port freight statistics: 2011 annual (provisional)
|Publisher:||Department for Transport|
|Published date:||5 July 2012|
|Statistics topic:||Freight domestic, Freight international, Maritime|
This publication presents statistics on freight handled by UK sea ports. Key tables are updated provisionally in June, with a final update in September.
Provisional summary statistics on freight handled by major UK ports are also updated quarterly (see Related statistical releases link below).
Please note that, until the full and final set of 2011 tables is published in September 2012, the fullest set of published annual tables – for 2010 – can be found in Port freight statistics: 2010 final figures. This is available to download via the Technical information link below.
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- In 2011, total freight traffic through UK ports was 520 million tonnes (Mt), an increase of 1.5 per cent on 2010, but still 11 per cent below the 2005 level.
- Compared with 2010, inwards traffic increased by 5 per cent to 328 Mt, whilst outwards traffic decreased by 4 per cent to 192 Mt.
- Grimsby and Immingham remained the UK’s leading port in 2011, handling 57 Mt (11 per cent of UK traffic). It was followed by London and Milford Haven, both with 49 Mt (9 per cent), and Southampton with 38 Mt (7 per cent).
- In 2011, total unitised traffic (containers and roll-on/roll-off traffic) through UK major ports was 21.4 million units, a decrease of 1.4 per cent on 2010.
- Dover, the top UK port for roll-on/roll-off freight, handled 2.05 million roro main freight units (road goods vehicles, unaccompanied trailers and shipborne port-to-port trailers). Felixstowe was the UK’s largest container port handling 1.98 million containers.
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