Port of Helsinki’s cargo traffic surge
October 17, 2017: Port of Helsinki has witnessed a growth of 12.7 percent during January to September 2017 compared to the same period last year. It has handled a total of 10.5 million tonnes of cargo during the first nine months of the year. Out of this, 5.5 million tonnes was in import (+13.2 percent), and 5.0 million tonnes in export (+11.5 percent).
Unitised cargo, i.e. cargo transported in sea containers, lorries, and trailers, is the largest cargo type at the Port of Helsinki.
During the third quarter of the year (July–September 2017), the total amount of cargo traffic totalled 3.6 million tonnes (+15.8 percent), of which 1.9 million tonnes (+16.8 percent) was in import, and 1.7 million tonnes (+14.8 percent) in export. The TEU amounts in container traffic increased by 7.0 percent compared to the same period last year, and rubber-wheeled traffic units by 11.1 percent.
The pulp export that started this autumn from Metsä Group’s Äänekoski factory is expected to be visible in the bulk goods and unitised cargo statistics during the last quarter of the year.
Kimmo Mäki, managing director, Port of Helsinki, said, “The growth of unitised cargo seems to mirror the continuing growth of Finnish exports. And for all cargo traffic, dry bulk goods import levels in particular are increasing. That’s a good thing all around.”