This publication presents provisional annual summary statistics on freight handled by UK sea ports.
Key tables are updated provisionally in June. Detailed final annual statistics will be published in September.
Port Freight Traffic (tonnage)
Total freight traffic for all ports in the UK decreased to 501.2 million tonnes, a 4% decline compared to 2011.
Major UK ports handled 489.8 million tonnes, a drop of 3% in comparison to 2011.
Minor ports tonnage decreased by 9% compared to 2011, down to 11.4 million tonnes.
Northern Ireland was the only country to see a slight year on year increase with tonnage rising to 23.5 million tonnes in 2012.
Unitised Traffic through Major Ports
Units handled by UK major ports fell for the second year running to 20.8 million units, a 3% decrease since 2011.
Scotland was the only country to have an increase in the number of units, increasing by 3 per cent to a total of 1.2 million units.
Dover remained the busiest major port in terms of unitised traffic, handling 4.3 million units.
Information on port freight statistics, including the pre-release access list and related technical documentation can be found in the guidance.
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