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Information on ship arrivals, foreign and domestic travel and cargo for 2019.

These statistics relate to the 2019 calendar year, which was before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Main points

  • Total freight tonnage at Welsh ports rose by 7.7% in 2019 to 52.9 million tonnes (Mt) compared to 2018.
Chart showing the levels of total freight passing through welsh ports from 1976 to 2018
  • Of total freight at major ports in Wales, 88.7% was foreign tonnage with 66.0% being foreign imports. The majority of foreign imports and exports consisted of bulk products including crude oil, oil products, liquefied gas and ores.
  • Welsh ports act as the gateway between the Republic of Ireland and the rest of Europe. Nearly three quarters of goods carried on Irish registered heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) between the Republic of Ireland and Europe passed through Welsh ports, equivalent to 0.4Mt. 70.2% of this tonnage passed through Holyhead port.
  • Over the long term, total sea passenger movement between the Republic of Ireland and Wales has declined. 77.0% of passengers travelling between the Republic of Ireland and Wales in 2019 used the route between Holyhead and Dublin.


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