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Information on ship arrivals, foreign and domestic travel and cargo for 2018.

Chart showing the levels of total freigh passing through welsh ports from 1976 to 2018

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Freight traffic at ports in Wales fell by 4.8 % in 2018 to 49.2 million tonnes (Mt), its lowest level since comparable records began in 1976.

Of traffic at major ports in Wales, 84.0 % was foreign traffic with 60.1 % being foreign imports. The majority of foreign imports and exports consisted of bulk traffic (for example crude oil, oil products, liquefied gas and ores).

Welsh ports also act as the gateway between the Republic of Ireland and the rest of Europe. Nearly three quarters (0.4 Mt) of goods carried on Irish registered heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) between the Republic of Ireland and Europe passed through Welsh ports. 71% of this traffic passed through ports in North Wales.

Over the long term, total sea passenger movement between the Republic of Ireland and Wales has declined. 75.5% of passengers travelling between the Republic of Ireland and Wales in 2018 used the route between Holyhead and Dublin.


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