total tonnage decreased by 3% to 484.0 million tonnes
coal handled showed the biggest decline of any cargo category more than halving to 12.0 million tonnes
liquid bulk goods, which account for 40% of total tonnage, decreased by 2%
crude oil handled has halved since 2000, to 87.1 million tonnes
unitised traffic rose by 2% to 24.1 million units
container units reached a record high of 5.9 million units
overall roll-on roll-off traffic rose 1.4% to 18.2 million units
the volume of import and export motor vehicles increased 1% to 4.5 million units
User engagement exercise: results
Last year, users of these statistics were asked for feedback via a short online survey. A summary of the responses received was published in March 2017.
The department continually reviews the coverage and methodology of the port freight statistics, to ensure they remain useful. Any further feedback is welcome and can be provided via email to maritime statistics.
We will keep users of the statistics informed of any further changes, and aim to provide an update alongside the next quarterly release in December.