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Sea transport decreased by 19 per cent in July 2023

release | Foreign shipping traffic 2023, July

According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data, the goods volume of foreign sea transport was in total 6.7 million tonnes in July 2023. Sea transport decreased by 19 per cent from July 2022. Exports decreased by 23 per cent and were 3.2 million tonnes. Import volume decreased by 15 per cent and were 3.5 million tonnes. Altogether 2.1 million persons were transported in passenger traffic, which was 75 per cent of the level before the corona pandemic.

Key selections

  • The volume of foreign shipping traffic totalled 6.7 million tonnes in July 2023.
  • Compared with July 2022, the volume of foreign shipping traffic decreased by 19 per cent in July 2023. The fall in the volume of transport is mostly caused by decreased transport of coal and coke, but there has also been a decline in other product groups.
  • Altogether 1.1 million tonnes of goods were transported in transport units and 0,8 million tonnes in containers in July 2023.
  • In July 2023, altogether 2.1 million persons were transported in passenger traffic, which was 75 per cent of the level before the coronavirus pandemic.
  • No transport was registered through the Saimaa Canal in July 2023.

Oil products were transported most in foreign sea traffic in July

In July, the majority of sea transports were transports of oil products. A total of 1.1 million tonnes of oil products were transported. Imports of oil products amounted to 0.5 million tonnes and exports to 0.7 million tonnes. The next most transported goods were general cargo, 1.1 million tonnes, and crude oil, 0.8 million tonnes.

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

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

A total of 1.9 million tonnes, or 29 per cent of all sea transports, were transported in containers and transport units. Altogether 1.1 million tonnes of goods were transported in transport units and 0.8 million tonnes in containers.

Of the goods transported in transport units, 0.6 million tonnes were transported in lorries and 0.5 million tonnes in trailers. In addition to the transport units used for goods transport, 308,172 passengers’ cars and 3,333 buses and coaches were transported.

A total of 61,785 containers were transported, which corresponds to 110,255 TEU units.

A total of 2.1 million persons were transported in passenger traffic

A total of 2.1 million persons were transported in passenger traffic in July 2023. In all, 1,049,812 passengers travelled between Finland and Estonia, 902,280 passengers between Finland and Sweden and 26,316 passengers between Finland and Germany. Compared with July 2022, the number of passengers decreased by 4 per cent. Compared with July 2019 the number of passengers was, however, just 75 per cent.

In July 2023, 43,434 passengers of foreign cruise ships arrived in Finland, which was only 30 per cent of the level before the coronavirus pandemic.

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Foreign sea transport by port and commodity group, 2023M07

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