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 July to September (quarter 3) 2014 with quarter 3 2013:
- freight handled at UK major ports fell by 4% to 119.5 million tonnes in quarter 3 2014. Traffic had been generally declining from quarter 4 2011, with a brief period of growth for quarter 4 2013 and quarter 1 2014.
- unitised traffic rose by 5% to 6.5 million units, continuing the growth seen since quarter 2 2013.
Comparing the 12 months ending September 2014 with the 12 months ending September 2013:
- major port freight traffic increased by 1% to 488.1 million tonnes
- UK major port unitised traffic increased for the fifth rolling 12 month period by 5% to 22.1 million units
Users should note that the port freight publication schedule has been changed. A notice giving the reasons behind this decision has been published.