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Seafreight industry in the UK - statistics & facts

Accounting for 95 percent of its trade volume, the UK sea freight industry is vital for the country's economy. In the second quarter of 2020, the indices for total tonnage of goods transported through major ports within the United Kingdom were nearly six points less than in the previous year. This is part of a slowdown in global trade due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the decrease in port calls worldwide shows.

Port operators and shipping companies

The UK has over 120 commercial ports and five major operators: Associated British Ports (ABP), Forth Ports, Hutchinson Port Holdings (HPH), Peel Group, and PD Ports. Among the main shipping lines, Mediterranean Shipping Company, Maersk Line and Evergreen Marine all have subsidiaries in the UK.

Grimsby & Immingham and London are the busiest ports

The largest UK port was Grimsby & Immingham. In 2019, a total of 54.2 million tonnes were moved via Yorkshire and the Humber. Of these, 40.3 million was inward sea freight. The change in goods moved through leading UK ports reflected the overall industry trend of current decline - inward traffic for Grimsby & Immingham has been decreasing since 2013. The second busiest port in the country was London. London saw an even greater amount of goods arriving in its harbor compared to Grimsby & Immingham, with 44.5 million tonnes recorded in 2019. However, outward traffic in London was only half the size of Grimsby & Immingham. Another important sea freight port, Milford Haven in Wales saw 11 million tonnes departing from its shores. Milford Haven was also the leading port for the transportation of liquefied gas, pushing ahead of Medway Forth in Scotland. By comparison, Forth and Southampton were the greatest crude oil moving ports. To recover from the economic impact of the pandemic, the government is planning to invest in port infrastructure and the decarbonization of the sector.

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Seafreight industry in the UK - statistics & facts

Accounting for 95 percent of its trade volume, the UK sea freight industry is vital for the country's economy. In the second quarter of 2020, the indices for total tonnage of goods transported through major ports within the United Kingdom were nearly six points less than in the previous year. This is part of a slowdown in global trade due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the decrease in port calls worldwide shows.

Port operators and shipping companies

The UK has over 120 commercial ports and five major operators: Associated British Ports (ABP), Forth Ports, Hutchinson Port Holdings (HPH), Peel Group, and PD Ports. Among the main shipping lines, Mediterranean Shipping Company, Maersk Line and Evergreen Marine all have subsidiaries in the UK.

Grimsby & Immingham and London are the busiest ports

The largest UK port was Grimsby & Immingham. In 2019, a total of 54.2 million tonnes were moved via Yorkshire and the Humber. Of these, 40.3 million was inward sea freight. The change in goods moved through leading UK ports reflected the overall industry trend of current decline - inward traffic for Grimsby & Immingham has been decreasing since 2013. The second busiest port in the country was London. London saw an even greater amount of goods arriving in its harbor compared to Grimsby & Immingham, with 44.5 million tonnes recorded in 2019. However, outward traffic in London was only half the size of Grimsby & Immingham. Another important sea freight port, Milford Haven in Wales saw 11 million tonnes departing from its shores. Milford Haven was also the leading port for the transportation of liquefied gas, pushing ahead of Medway Forth in Scotland. By comparison, Forth and Southampton were the greatest crude oil moving ports. To recover from the economic impact of the pandemic, the government is planning to invest in port infrastructure and the decarbonization of the sector.

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