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22.11.2005

Port of London sees continued traffic growth

London has retained its position as the largest port in the UK for non-fuel cargoes for another year. Continued trade growth in recent years has seen the Port increase its market share to 12.1% of total non-fuel traffic handled at UK ports.

The importance of the Port of London to the UK economy has been underlined by official UK port statistics compiled by the Department for Transport (DfT).

Key facts include:

  • London is the UK’s largest port for non-fuel cargoes with a market share of total non-fuel UK port trade of 12.1%
  • London is the third busiest port in the UK, handling 53.3 million tonnes of cargo in 2004
  • London is the largest port in the UK for forest products (18.9% market share), handling 2 million tonnes in 2004
  • London is the third busiest port in the UK for containers / trailers (10% market share)
  • London is the second largest port for the import/export of vehicles (16.9% market share). London handled 670 thousand vehicles in 2004

Richard Everitt, Port of London Authority chief executive said:

"These figures underline the importance of the Port of London today. They emphasise the importance of the Port to the capital city and to the wider south east economy.”

1. For further information contact: Martin Garside, Port of London Authority (Tel: 020 7743 7915. Mobile 07736 362385). Email pressoffice@pla.co.uk

2. Photographs of shipping / port activity on the Thames are available on request

Note to Editors:

The Port of London Authority is the port authority for 150km (95 miles) of the tidal Thames from the sea to Teddington. It provides navigational, pilotage and other services for ships using the Port of London. The Port of London comprises over 70 independently owned and operated terminals and port facilities, which handle a wide range of cargoes. London is one of the top three ports in the UK and handles over 50 million tonnes of cargo each year.