The Department for Transport (DfT) collects and publishes statistics about passenger and freight traffic through the ports of the UK.
Latest Results - Published 28 November 2013
The most recent DfT statistics relate to ports traffic in 2012 and show that:
- The total tonnage through Northern Ireland ports in 2012 was 23.556 million tonnes, compared to 22.252 million tonnes the previous year. Total freight traffic through UK ports in 2012 was 500.860 million tonnes, compared to 519.495 million tonnes the previous year.
- The total tonnage comprised 15.158 million tonnes of inward traffic and 8.398 million tonnes of outward traffic in Northern Ireland. For the UK as a whole, the inward traffic figure for 2012 was 319.489 million tonnes and outward traffic was 181.371 million tonnes.
- The majority of total NI traffic came through the Belfast Port (65%), while almost 12% of total traffic came through the port of Larne. The most popular UK port was Grimsby & Immingham, which handled 12% of UK port traffic in 2012.
- 484,620 tourist vehicles passed through Northern Ireland ports in 2012. This compared with a figure of 509,534 in 2011 – a decrease of 4.9%. Some 5,606,520 tourist vehicles passed through the UK in 2012 – a decrease of 7.1% on 2011.
Northern Ireland Ports Traffic 2012 Publication
Northern Ireland Ports Traffic 2012 - Additional Tables (1998-2012)
The tables listed below link to Excel files containing a range of NI Ports Traffic data.
Usage of Ports Traffic Data
A summary of usage of the Ports Traffic statistics can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
Methods and Quality
A summary of the methods used in compiling the Ports Traffic statistics, and of their quality and reliability, can be accessed via the link below: