The latest provisional quarterly statistics on freight handled by major UK sea ports. Detailed final annual statistics are published in August 2015. The quarterly series is finalised alongside the final annual statistics for 2014 in September.
Comparing April to June 2014 (quarter 2) with quarter 2 2013:
- freight handled at UK major ports fell by 1% to 124.4 million tonnes. Traffic had increased for the 2 previous quarters (quarter 4 2013 and quarter 1 2014) after generally declining from quarter 4 2011
- freight traffic travelling in to UK major ports decreased by 2% to 80.5 million tonnes. Inward traffic had been increasing in the previous 2 quarters
- unitised traffic rose by 5% to 5.8 million units, continuing the steady quarter on quarter growth seen since quarter 2 2013
- unitised traffic travelling into UK major ports rose by 7% to 2.6 million units. This was the fourth consecutive quarterly increase
Comparing the 12 months ending June 2014 with the 12 months ending June 2013:
- major port freight traffic increased by 1% to 492.2 million tonnes
- UK major port unitised traffic increased by 4% to 21.8 million units, the fourth yearly increase in a row
Users should note that the port freight publication schedule has been changed. A notice giving the reasons behind this decision has been published.