The Department for Transport (DfT) has now published its annual UK Port Freight Statistics for 2020.
- Total tonnage levels for all UK ports decreased 9% in 2020, compared to 2019, to 438.9 million tonnes handled.
- Total units for all UK ports decreased by 23%, compared to 2019, to 18.1m units.
The key headline from the data is that all cargo groups at UK major ports declined in 2020
. This decline in traffic for all cargo groups was of varying magnitudes, compared to 2019, with liquid bulk most affected (driven by a lack of demand for oil products and crude oil). Other general cargo, dry and liquid bulk are at their lowest levels since 2000.
Unitised traffic also declined at all ports. The decline was most noticeable for RoRo traffic
, with a fall of 4.2 million units from 2019, a decline of 67%
In terms of individual port figures, the BPA has collated the tonnage and unitised data for the top 30 major ports, which can be seen here and includes the percentage share of that freight type for each port.