Provisional statistics on freight handled by major UK ports.
Port freight traffic (tonnage) increased at major ports in the UK, according to latest provisional quarterly statistics.
Latest provisional statistics for major ports in the UK show that in October to December 2013, port freight traffic (tonnage) rose by 5 per cent, to 122 million tonnes, compared with the same period in 2012.
Figures for the year ending December 2013 also showed a marginal increase of less than 1 per cent, in the amount of freight handled at major UK ports compared to the year ending December 2012.
Other statistics on unitised traffic at UK ports show that:
- in October to December (Q4) 2013, total unitised traffic increased, rising by 6 per cent to 5.0 million units handled at UK major ports compared to Q4 2012.
- unitised traffic for the year ending December 2013 also saw an increase. The total figure of 21.2 million units was 2 per cent higher in comparison to the previous 12 month period.
This statistical release summarises the latest provisional quarterly statistics on freight handled by major UK sea ports. Provisional annual statistics for all ports are published in June and detailed final annual statistics are published in September. The quarterly series is finalised alongside the final annual statistics.