The Department for Transport have today released freight statistics for the UK's 111 commercial ports. Around 93% of UK's international trade is sent via sea (54% if measured by value).
Today's figures show that total tonnage at 503 million tonnes has still not returned to pre-recession levels.
However, looking at the top 5 ports for outward traffic, two ports have returned to 2008 levels: Grimsby & Immingham and Milford Haven.
Looking at the top 10 busiest ports by total tonnage, in 2013 Tees & Hartlepool and Belfast grew the fastest, largely attributed to an increase in the amount of coal (both inward and outward traffic) handled at these ports. The vast majority of this was inbound coal, 95% of coal handled travelled into UK major ports.
The level of imports through UK major ports (there are 51 major ports, which handle 98% of total traffic) has continued to increase and the level of exports decrease.
These stats reflect the broader trade picture we blogged about earlier in the month.