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 October to December (quarter 4) 2014 with quarter 4 2013:
freight handled at UK major ports remained steady at 123.1 million tonnes in quarter 4 2014. Traffic trends had been generally decreasing since the series began (in 2000) despite this total port freight levels have stabilised in recent years
unitised traffic rose by 6% to 5.3 million units. This was the seventh consecutive quarter on quarter increase
Comparing the 4 quarters ending December 2014 with the 4 quarters ending December 2013:
- major port freight traffic remained stable at 490.0 million tonnes, following steady growth throughout 2014
- UK major port unitised traffic increased for the sixth rolling 4 quarters period in a row, by 5% to 22.4 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.