UK port freight up
Total freight traffic through UK ports in 2011 increased by 1.5% over that in 2010.
Points to note are that:
- in 2011, total freight traffic through UK ports was 520 million tonnes (Mt) - an increase of 1.5% on 2010, but still 11% below that of 2005.
- compared with 2010, inwards traffic increased by 5% to 328 Mt - but outwards traffic decreased by 4% to 192 Mt
- Grimsby / Immingham remained the UK’s leading port in 2011, handling 57 Mt (11% of UK traffic), followed by London and Milford Haven, both with 49 Mt (9%) and Southampton with 38 Mt (7%)
- in 2011, total unitised traffic - containers and roll-on/roll-off (roro) traffic - through UK major ports was 21.4 million units, a decrease of 1.4% on 2010
- Dover - the top UK port for roro freight - handled 2.05 million roro main freight units (road goods vehicles, unaccompanied trailers and shipborne port-to-port trailers)
- Felixstowe was the UK’s largest container port, handling 1.98 million containers
Details from the DfT below.