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UK Ports Welcome Steady Performance Despite Political Uncertainty

Logistic News - Published on Fri, 23 Aug 2019

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The Department for Transport announced its Annual UK Port Freight Statistics for 2018. The figures detail 95% of UK physical imports and exports, which are facilitated by ships using British ports. The data for 2018 shows stable port freight tonnages overall, with only a 0.1% difference on the previous year at 483.3 m tonnes. However, overall unit load traffic declined; which is likely to be attributed to a decline of port traffic in passenger cars and new trade cars.

Key figures for UK major ports (ports handling over a million tonnes annually) in 2018:

1. The UK continues to import more than it exports. A total of 252.4 million tonnes were imported, compared to 130.5 million tonnes exported.

2. More goods were moved between UK major ports and the EU than any other region in 2018, accounting for 44% (206.2 million tonnes) of total major port traffic.

3. Liquid bulk goods, which account for 39% of total tonnage, decreased 5% overall; crude oil handled has more than halved since 2000 to 82.4 million tonnes and continues to fall.

4. Unitised traffic fell to 23.9 million units, after five consecutive years of growth.

5. Container units increased to a record high of 6.0 million units.

6. Overall roll-on roll-off traffic fell by 1% to 17.9 million units passing through UK major ports.

Phoebe Warneford-Thomson, Policy and Economic Analyst at the British Ports Association said that despite a temperamental global trading climate and the uncertainties created by Brexit, 2018 was a steady year for port operators. Overall port freight figures remain constant although there is plenty of port capacity in the dry bulks, project cargo and particularly in the container sectors, meaning shipping companies have plenty of choice. This means competition between ports, which drives efficiencies and innovation.

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Fri, 23 Aug 2019
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