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A summary of the latest provisional quarterly statistics on freight handled by major UK sea ports. Detailed final annual statistics for 2016 will be published in August 2017.
Comparing January to March 2016 to the same period last year, we see:
total freight tonnage through UK major ports decreased by 5% to 116.5 million tonnes
unitised traffic through UK major ports increased by 3% to 5.2 million units
Comparing the 4 quarters ending March 2016 with the 4 quarters ending March 2015, we see:
total tonnage of freight traffic through UK major ports decreased by 3% to 477.9 million tonnes
total unitised traffic increased by 2% to 12.4 million