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Sea transport decreased by 8 per cent in June 2023

release | Foreign shipping traffic 2023, June

According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data, the goods volume of foreign sea transport was in total 7.8 million tonnes in June 2023. Sea transport decreased by 8 per cent from June 2022. Exports decreased by one per cent and were 3.8 million tonnes. Import volume decreased by 13 per cent and were 4.0 million tonnes. Altogether 1.4 million persons were transported in passenger traffic, which was 68 per cent of the level before the corona pandemic.

Key selections

  • The volume of foreign shipping traffic totalled 7.8 million tonnes in June 2023.
  • Compared with June 2022, the volume of foreign shipping traffic decreased by 8 per cent in June 2023.
  • Altogether 1.3 million tonnes of goods were transported in transport units and 0,9 million tonnes in containers in June 2023.
  • In June 2023, altogether 1.4 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 June 2023.

General goods were transported most in foreign sea traffic in June

In June, the majority of sea transports were transports of general cargo. A total of 1.3 million tonnes of general cargo were transported. Imports of general cargo amounted to 0.6 million tonnes and exports to 0.6 million tonnes. The next most transported goods were crude oil, 1.1 million tonnes, and oil products, 1.1 million tonnes.

The most import-dominated types of goods were crude oil, coal and coke and timber. The most export-dominated type of goods were sawn timber, wood pulp and plywood and veneers.

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

A total of 2.2 million tonnes, or 28 per cent of all sea transports, were transported in containers and transport units. Altogether 1.3 million tonnes of goods were transported in transport units and 0.9 million tonnes in containers.

Of the goods transported in transport units, 0.7 million tonnes were transported in lorries and 0.5 million tonnes in trailers. In addition to the transport units used for goods transport, 218,417 passengers’ cars and 3,290 buses and coaches were transported.

A total of 65,390 containers were transported, which corresponds to 117,888 TEU units.

A total of 1.4 million persons were transported in passenger traffic

A total of 1.4 million persons were transported in passenger traffic in June 2023. In all, 747,789 passengers travelled between Finland and Estonia, 608,705 passengers between Finland and Sweden and 18,924 passengers between Finland and Germany. Compared with June 2022, the number of passengers increased by 4 per cent. Compared with June 2019 the number of passengers was, however, just 68 per cent.

In June 2023, 29,634 passengers of foreign cruise ships arrived in Finland, which was only 23 per cent of the level before the coronavirus pandemic.

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Foreign sea transport by port and commodity group, 2023M06

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