UK port volumes decline 10%.
Total UK port traffic volumes for 2009 fell 10% on 2008 to 494m tonnes, with inbound volumes down 11% and outward traffic declining 7%, according to provisional statistics published by the Department for Transport.
The number of "units" handled at UK ports fell 10%, with inward traffic down 9% and outward traffic down 11%.
According to the statistics, total port tonnage in the fourth quarter of 2009 was down 9% compared with the same quarter in the previous year. Inward traffic fell by 11%, while outward traffic fell by 6% compared to the like quarter 2008.
Unitised traffic was down 4% compared with the same quarter in 2008. Inward unitised traffic was up 1% and outward unitised traffic was down 8% compared to 2008.
The provisional figures for freight traffic at each major UK port are based on those ports which had made returns for the fourth quarter of 2009 at the time of publication.
Only one sender had not reported at the time of publication, said the DfT, meaning that the figures are based on ?almost 100%? of expected traffic.
The figures for UK container boxes are not broken down into teu throughputs, but are defined by "units" which is a less precise measure.
These units include all ro-ro units whether carrying freight or not: road goods vehicles, unaccompanied trailers, shipborne port-to-port trailers, passenger vehicles, trade vehicles, and other ro-ro units. They also include lo-lo containers.
According to the DfT statistics,Felixstowe saw a 6% decline in 2009 to just over 2m units, while Southampton registered a 16% fall to 1.26m units.