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Sea transport decreased by 10 per cent in August 2023

release | Foreign shipping traffic 2023, August

According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data, the goods volume of foreign sea transport was in total 7.1 million tonnes in August 2023. Sea transport decreased by 10 per cent from August 2022. Exports decreased by 9 per cent and were 3.5 million tonnes. Import volume decreased by 11 per cent and were 3.7 million tonnes. Altogether 1.5 million persons were transported in passenger traffic, which was 65 per cent of the level before the corona pandemic.

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  • The volume of foreign shipping traffic totalled 7.1 million tonnes in August 2023.
  • Compared with August 2022, the volume of foreign shipping traffic decreased by 10 per cent in August 2023.
  • Altogether 1.2 million tonnes of goods were transported in transport units and 0,9 million tonnes in containers in August 2023.
  • In August 2023, altogether 1.5 million persons were transported in passenger traffic, which was 65 per cent of the level before the coronavirus pandemic.
  • No transport was registered through the Saimaa Canal in August 2023.

General cargo were transported most in foreign sea traffic in August

In August, the majority of sea transports were transports of general cargo. A total of 1.2 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 oil products, 1.2 million tonnes, and crude oil, 0.9 million tonnes.

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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, Helsinki, HaminaKotka, Raahe and Rauma.

A total of 2.2 million tonnes, or 30 per cent of all sea transports, were transported in containers and transport units. Altogether 1.2 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, 218,104 passengers’ cars and 3,157 buses and coaches were transported.

A total of 66,535 containers were transported, which corresponds to 119,452 TEU units.

A total of 1.5 million persons were transported in passenger traffic

A total of 1.5 million persons were transported in passenger traffic in August 2023. In all, 760,189 passengers travelled between Finland and Estonia, 619,458 passengers between Finland and Sweden and 24,212 passengers between Finland and Germany. Compared with August 2022, the number of passengers decreased by 4 per cent. Compared with August 2019 the number of passengers was, however, just 65 per cent.

In August 2023, 38,362 passengers of foreign cruise ships arrived in Finland, which was only 26 per cent of the level before the coronavirus pandemic.

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Foreign sea transport by port and commodity group, 2023M08

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