Port of Helsinki sets tonnage record for 2022

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The Port of Helsinki has handed nearly 500,000 TEU in 2022.

Container volume had increased by 5.4 per cent from 2021, handling some 492,000 TEU.

Container volume weighed in at 3.8 million tonnes. 

Despite its strong end to the year, container volumes declined in Q1 of 2022 as the port is an important hub for containers in transit to and from Russia, a network that was severely disturbed following the Russia’s war with Ukraine.

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A total of 15.2 million tonnes of goods were transported via the ports of Helsinki in 2022. 

The total figure also surpassed the previous record from 2018 (14.7 million tonnes) by a clear margin. 

This was also a 5.6 per cent increase from 2021.

Exported goods increased by 0.9 per cent from 2021 to 7.7 million tonnes, and imported goods also increased by 11.7 per cent to 7.3 million. 

In 2022, the amount of unitised cargo totalled to 12.6 million tonnes, a year to year increase of 3.8 per cent. Of this, a total of 6.7 million tonnes were exports and 5.9 million tonnes imports. 

“An all-time record amount of goods were transported via our ports last year. The significant growth in cargo traffic continued until late August, after which it slowed down to slightly lower rates than the previous year,” Ville Haapasaari, Managing Director of Port of Helsinki Ltd, described for the past year. 

“Despite the uncertain operating environment, our traffic volume grew more than the market at large.”

700,000 lorries and trailers transported 8.8 million tonnes of goods, a 5.1 per cent year on year increase. 

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Due to the general economic downturn, high inflation, the energy crisis, and the reduction of consumer purchasing power, cargo transport is expected to slow down slightly in Helsinki ports in 2023.

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