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Published: 8 December 2021

Sea transport increased in October

The goods volume of foreign sea transport was in total 8.6 million tonnes in October 2021. Sea transport increased by three per cent from last year's October. Exports decreased by four per cent and were 4.4 million tonnes. Import volume increased by 11 per cent and amounted to 4.3 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 17 per cent of all transport. The second most transported were oil products, 1.0 million tonnes, and crude oil, 1.0 million tonnes.

Container transport

A total of 0.9 million tonnes of containers were transported through Finnish ports in October 2021, which was 13 per cent less than in October 2020. The number of containers transported was 62,475 (109,827 TEU containers) 1) . Exports of containers went down by 17 per cent measured in tonnes and imports went down by three per cent compared to October 2020.

Vehicle transport

A total of 261,735 transport equipment were transported in foreign sea traffic in October 2021. Most transports of transport equipment were cars belonging to passengers. In October, 151,976 cars belonging to passengers were transported. The second most transported were trucks, 62,967 and truck trailers, 43,210.

Passenger traffic

A total of 880,514 persons were transported in passenger traffic in October 2021. In all, 445,914 passengers between Finland and Sweden, 416,676 passengers travelled between Finland and Estonia and 9,112 passengers between Finland and Germany. Compared with October 2020, the number of passengers increased nearly 1.5-fold. Compared with October 2019, the number of passengers was, however, just 57 per cent. In October 2021, a total of 4,407 passengers of foreign cruise ships arrived in Finland.

Vessel traffic and goods volume in the Saimaa Canal

A total of 147,807 tons of transport were registered through the canal in foreign traffic. Timber was transported most in vessels in foreign traffic, in total 68,035 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: Henna Ylimaa 029 551 3709, Matti Kokkonen 029 551 3770,

Head of Department in charge: Hannele Orjala

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Updated 08.12.2021

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Foreign Shipping Traffic [e-publication].
ISSN=2670-2002. October 2021. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 18.7.2024].
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