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Port freight statistics: 2013 final figures (revised)

Freight handled by UK ports statistics during 2013: estimates have been revised from those published on 27 August 2014.

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Port Freight Statistics: 2013 final figures report (revised)

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Port freight statistics: 2013 final figures data tables (revised)

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Port freight statistics: 2013 final figures data tables (pre-revision)

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Detail

This statistical release present statistics on freight handled by UK sea ports in 2013.

These statistics have been revised to correct for a small error found in the figures published on 27 August 2014. The original statistics included some under-reporting due to a data supply issue identified though ongoing quality assurance processes.

Main results

In 2013:

  • total traffic for all UK ports was broadly stable in 2013 at 503.3 million tonnes following a year on year decline in 2012 of 4%
  • minor ports tonnage increased by 1% when compared to 2012, up to 11.6 million tonnes following 2 years of decline
  • major ports tonnage was steady with 491.8 million tonnes being handled, accounting for 98% of total traffic
  • unitised traffic handled at UK major ports rose by 3%, with 21.4 million units coming in and out of the UK - this increase follows 2 years of decline
  • the number of main freight units handled by UK major ports rose for the first time since 2010 to 11.9 million units

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