A summary of the latest provisional quarterly statistics on freight handled by major UK sea ports. Detailed final annual statistics for 2015 will be published in August 2016. The quarterly series is finalised alongside the final annual statistics for 2014 in September.
Comparing January to March (quarter 1) 2015 with quarter 1 2014:
- freight tonnage handled at UK major ports increased by 1% to 122.4 million tonnes - traffic trends had generally been decreasing since 2000 but have stabilised in recent years
- unitised traffic increased by 6% to 5.1 million units, continuing to grow for the eighth consecutive quarter
Comparing the 4 quarters ending March 2015 with the 4 quarters ending March 2014:
- major port freight traffic decreased by 1% to 490.9 million tonnes after largely positive changes in 2014
- UK major port unitised traffic continued to rise steadily, increasing by 5% to 22.7 million units