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Volume of sea transport decreased by 9 per cent in April 2024

release | Foreign shipping traffic 2024, April

According to Statistics Finland’s preliminary data, the total volume of foreign sea transport was 6.8 million tonnes in April 2024. Sea transport decreased by nine per cent compared to April 2023. Exports decreased by 13 per cent and amounted to 3.2 million tonnes. Imports decreased by five per cent and totalled 3.6 million tonnes. A total of 0.9 million persons were transported in passenger traffic.

Key selections

  • In April 2024, general cargo, oil products and ores and concentrates were transported most in foreign shipping traffic.
  • Measured by the volume of goods transported, the largest ports in April were, in order, Helsinki, HaminaKotka, Sköldvik, Raahe and Rauma.
  • In April, there was most sea transport between Finland and Sweden, totalling 1.2 million tonnes.
  • No shipments through the Saimaa Canal were registered in April.

General cargo transported most in foreign shipping traffic in April

A total of 1.5 million tonnes of general cargo were transported. Oil products, 0.9 million tonnes, and ores and concentrates, 0.5 million tonnes, were transported second most.

The most import-dominated types of goods were crude oil, timber as well as ores and concentrates. The most export-dominated types of goods were sawn wood, paper as well as fertilizers.

Measured by the volume of goods transported, the largest ports in April were, in order, Helsinki, HaminaKotka, Sköldvik, Raahe ja Rauma.

A total of 2.3 million tonnes, or 35 per cent of all sea transports, were transported in containers and transport units. Altogether 1.5 million tonnes of goods were transported in transport units and 0.9 million tonnes in containers.

Most sea transport between Finland and Sweden in April

Combining imports and exports, most sea transport took place between Finland and Sweden in April, totalling 1.2 million tonnes. Most goods were imported from Sweden, 0.8 million tonnes and most were exported to Germany, 0.6 million tonnes.

A total of 0.9 million persons were transported in passenger traffic

A total of 0.9 million persons were transported in passenger traffic in April 2024. In all, 518,217 persons travelled between Finland and Estonia, 353,271 between Finland and Sweden, and 11,952 between Finland and Germany. Compared with April 2023, the number of passengers decreased by 14 per cent.

In April 2024, 1,184 passengers of foreign cruise ships arrived in Finland.

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Foreign sea transport by port and commodity group, 2024M04

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