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Sea transport decreased by 6 per cent in May 2023

release | Foreign shipping traffic 2023, May

According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data, the goods volume of foreign sea transport was in total 7.9 million tonnes in May 2023. Sea transport decreased by 6 per cent from May 2022. Exports decreased by 7 per cent and were 3.8 million tonnes. Import volume decreased by 4 per cent and were 4.1 million tonnes. Altogether 1.1 million persons were transported in passenger traffic, which was 68 per cent of the level before the corona pandemic.

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  • The volume of foreign shipping traffic totalled 7.9 million tonnes in May 2023.
  • Compared with May 2022, the volume of foreign shipping traffic decreased by 6 per cent in May 2023.
  • Altogether 1.4 million tonnes of goods were transported in transport units and 0,9 million tonnes in containers in May 2023.
  • In May 2023, altogether 1.1 million persons were transported in passenger traffic, which was 68 per cent of the level before the coronavirus pandemic.
  • No transport was registered through the Saimaa Canal in May 2023.

General goods were transported most in foreign sea traffic in May

In May, the majority of sea transports were transports of general cargo. A total of 1.4 million tonnes of general cargo were transported. Imports of general cargo amounted to 0.7 million tonnes and exports to 0.7 million tonnes. The next most transported goods were crude oil, 1.0 million tonnes, and oil products, 1.0 million tonnes.

The most import-dominated types of goods were crude oil, ores and concentrates, timber and coal and coke. The most export-dominated type of goods were sawn timber, plywood and veneers, fertilizers and paper.

Measured by volume of goods transported, the largest ports were, in order, Sköldvik, HaminaKotka, Helsinki, Hanko and Rauma.

A total of 2.3 million tonnes, or 29 per cent of all sea transports, were transported in containers and transport units. Altogether 1.4 million tonnes of goods were transported in transport units and 0.9 million tonnes in containers.

Of the goods transported in transport units, 0.8 million tonnes were transported in lorries and 0.5 million tonnes in trailers. In addition to the transport units used for goods transport, 168,010 passengers’ cars and 3,096 buses and coaches were transported.

A total of 65,641 containers were transported, which corresponds to 116,690 TEU units.

A total of 1.1 million persons were transported in passenger traffic

A total of 1.1 million persons were transported in passenger traffic in May 2023. In all, 608,438 passengers travelled between Finland and Estonia, 468,347 passengers between Finland and Sweden and 13,274 passengers between Finland and Germany. Compared with May 2022, the number of passengers increased by 3 per cent. Compared with May 2019 the number of passengers was, however, just 68 per cent.

In May 2023, 30,162 passengers of foreign cruise ships arrived in Finland, which was 34 per cent of the level before the coronavirus pandemic.

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Foreign sea transport by port and commodity group, 2023M05

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