EU ports activity
Inwards movements of goods made up 60 % of the total volume of goods handled in the main EU-28 ports in the 4th quarter of 2013, a decrease of 0.9 % compared with the previous quarter. In contrast, outwards movements of goods increased by 0.3 % in the same period. Compared with the 4th quarter of 2012, however, both inwards movements and outwards movements of goods to and from the main EU-28 ports recorded a healthy growth.
When looking at port activity by type of cargo in the 4th quarter of 2013, the tonnages of liquid bulk goods handled in the main EU-28 ports fell by 3.9 % compared with the previous quarter. This may reflect the impact of a mild winter in some countries. The tonnages of goods in containers also fell in the same period, with a reported decrease of 1.8 %. For the remaining types of cargo, the tonnages increased compared with the previous quarter. In the 4th quarter of 2013, dry bulk rose by 4.3% and other general cargo by 3 %, while Ro-Ro mobile units were little changed.
The Netherlands, the United Kingdom (UK), Italy and Spain were the largest maritime freight transport countries in Europe in the 4th quarter of 2013, all handling more than 100 million tonnes of goods in their main ports.
More than half of the EU member states reported increases in the total tonnages of goods passing through their main ports in the 4th quarter of 2013 compared with the same quarter of the previous year. The highest increases were reported by Romania, Portugal, Croatia, Bulgaria and Cyprus, all with a reported rise in port activity of 14 % or more (in some cases considerably more). On the other hand, decreases of more than 10 % compared with the 4th quarter of 2012 were reported by Lithuania and Malta.
Source Eurostat - Data from October 2014 issue