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Port freight statistics: quarter 1 2013

This publication presents provisional summary statistics on freight handled by major UK ports, updated quarterly.

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Port freight statistics: quarter 1 2013

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Detail

Provisional annual statistics are updated in June and detailed final annual statistics are published in September.

Key points:

Comparing Quarter 1 2013 (Jan – March) with Quarter 1 2012:

  • Total major port traffic (tonnage) was 119 million tonnes, a decline of 3%.
  • Total tonnage fell despite a 1% increase in inward traffic, the first year on year increase since quarter 4 2011.
  • The number of units handled during quarter 1 2013 was 4,567 thousand units, remaining constant.

Rolling Annual Total:

Comparing the four quarters ending quarter 1 2013 (Q2 2012-Q1 2013) with the four quarter ending quarter 1 2012 (Q2 2011-Q1 2012):

  • Total major port traffic (tonnage) has fallen by 4%. This continues the decline seen throughout 2012.
  • A total of 20,617 thousand units were handled, a fall of 3% and continuing the decline seen in 2012.

Technical information

Information on port freight statistics, including the pre-release access list and related technical documentation can be found here

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