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 statistics are finalised alongside the final annual statistics.
Latest provisional statistics for major ports in the UK for October to December 2013 show:
- port freight traffic (tonnage) rose by 5%, to 122 million tonnes, compared with the same period in 2012
- total unitised traffic increased, rising by 6% to 5.0 million units handled at UK major ports
- unitised traffic for the year ending December 2013 also saw an increase. The total figure of 21.2 million units was 2% higher in comparison to the previous 12 month period
Figures for the year ending December 2013 also showed a marginal increase of less than 1%, in the amount of freight handled at major UK ports compared to the year ending December 2012.