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Port freight statistics: 2016 final figures (revised)

Final figures on UK port traffic for 2016.

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Port freight statistics: 2016 final figures tables

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Port freight statistics: 2016 tables (print ready version)

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Index sheet of port freight statistics tables

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Revisions

A chart has been subject to a minor amendment following the discovery of an error since this release was first published on 1 September 2017. This change is small and the impact has been minimal. The only figure affected was in chart 18 of the main release document. This has not affected any other part of the release or any of the tables.

Statistics on port traffic in the United Kingdom.

In 2016:

  • total tonnage decreased by 3% to 484.0 million tonnes
  • coal handled showed the biggest decline of any cargo category more than halving to 12.0 million tonnes
  • liquid bulk goods, which account for 40% of total tonnage, decreased by 2%
  • crude oil handled has halved since 2000, to 87.1 million tonnes
  • unitised traffic rose by 2% to 24.1 million units
  • container units reached a record high of 5.9 million units
  • overall roll-on roll-off traffic rose 1.4% to 18.2 million units
  • the volume of import and export motor vehicles increased 1% to 4.5 million units

User engagement exercise: results

Last year, users of these statistics were asked for feedback via a short online survey. A summary of the responses received was published in March 2017.

The department continually reviews the coverage and methodology of the port freight statistics, to ensure they remain useful. Any further feedback is welcome and can be provided via email to maritime statistics.

We will keep users of the statistics informed of any further changes, and aim to provide an update alongside the next quarterly release in December.

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Published 1 September 2017
Last updated 1 September 2017 + show all updates
  1. Replaced table port0303 to correct a minor error in the original.
  2. First published.