The most recent DfT statistics relate to ports traffic in 2017 and were published 19th December 2018. The most recent DfT statistics show that:
- The total tonnage through Northern Ireland (NI) ports in 2017 was 27.1 million tonnes, an increase of 2.2% compared to 26.6 million tonnes the previous year. Total freight traffic through United Kingdom (UK) ports in 2017 was 481.8 million tonnes, compared to 484.0 million tonnes the previous year, a decrease of 0.5%.
- Over the year in NI, the total tonnage of inward traffic increased by 1.0% to 16.6 million tonnes, and outward traffic increased by 4.1% to 10.5 million tonnes. For the UK as a whole, the volume of inward traffic for 2017 decreased by 0.7% to 300.9 million tonnes and outward traffic remained at 180.9 million tonnes.
- The majority of total NI traffic came through the Belfast Port (67%), while Warrenpoint accounted for the second highest level of total traffic (12%), followed by 11% through the Port of Larne. The most popular UK port was Grimsby & Immingham, which handled 11% of total UK port traffic in 2017.
- A total of 846,030 road goods vehicles passed through Northern Ireland ports in 2017 – an increase of 1.5% from 833,398 in 2016. In total, 7.7 million road goods vehicles passed through the UK in 2017 – a decrease of 5.0% from 2016
- A total of 470,418 non-freight vehicles passed through Northern Ireland ports in 2017. This compared with a figure of 458,664 in 2016 – an increase of 2.6%. In total, 5.5 million non-freight vehicles passed through the UK in 2017 – a decrease of 4.0% from 2016