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Published: 6 August 2021

Sea transport increased in June

The goods volume of foreign sea transport was in total 7.9 million tonnes in June 2021. Sea transport increased by nine per cent from last year's June. Exports increased by seven per cent and were 4.2 million tonnes. Import volume increased by 12 per cent and amounted to 3.7 million tonnes.

Foreign sea Transport by month (tonnes) in 2019 to 2021

Foreign sea Transport by month (tonnes) in 2019 to 2021

General cargo was transported most, in total 1.5 million tonnes, which was 19 per cent of all transport. The second most transported were ores and concentrates, 0.8 million tonnes, and oil products, 0.7 million tonnes.

Container transport

A total of 1.0 million tonnes of containers were transported through Finnish ports i June 2021, which was 5 per cent more than in June 2020. The number of containers transported was 72,630 (128,920 TEU containers) 1) . Exports of containers went up by 8 per cent measured in tonnes and imports went down by 1 per cent compared to June 2020.

Vehicle transport

A total of 225,088 transport equipment were transported in foreign sea traffic in June 2021. Most transports of transport equipment were cars belonging to passengers. In June, 118,436 cars belonging to passengers were transported. The second most transported were trucks, 62,026 and truck trailers, 40,919.

Passenger traffic

A total of 509,645 persons were transported in passenger traffic in June 2021. In all, 293,691 passengers travelled between Finland and Estonia, 208,789 passengers between Finland and Sweden and 7,165 passengers between Finland and Germany. Compared with June 2020, the number of passengers increased by 10 per cent in June. Compared with June 2019, the number of passengers was, however, just 24 per cent. In June 2021, no passengers of foreign cruise ships arrived in Finland.

Vessel traffic and goods volume in the Saimaa Canal

A total of 159,848 tons of transport were registered through the canal in foreign traffic. Timber was transported most in vessels in foreign traffic, in total 81,209 tonnes. The second most transported were crude minerals and cement.

1) TEU, the basic measurement unit of container traffic, refers to one container that is twenty feet long, eight feet wide and 8.5 feet high.

Source: Transport and tourism, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Olli Kajava 029 551 3531, Matti Kokkonen 029 551 3770,

Head of Department in charge: Hannele Orjala

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Updated 06.08.2021

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Foreign Shipping Traffic [e-publication].
ISSN=2670-2002. June 2021. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 25.6.2024].
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