The importance of having reliable and accurate statistical data is crucial in all economic and social sectors. In the port area, until a few years ago, the most important data was that released by ports or port authorities. The reason for this lies in the fact that ports provide the data on punctuality and speed, usually one or two months after the end of a year.
In Europe, Eurostat collect, process and disseminate statistical data for ports.It does this through the cooperation of the National Statistical Institutes ofthe EU Member States. The methods of collection and processing are different from those used by individual ports. Also the timing of diffusion is slower, in December each year we know the data of European ports for the previous year.
Today, however, things have changed since the introduction of two European Regulations (No 1315/2013 and No 1316/2013) that has attached greatimportance to statistics from Eurostat.
This paper presents the differences about the traffic data of the main EU ports between Eurostat statistics and those gathered by ESPO (Association of European Ports – which makes use of data provided by individual ports).
This comparison has been tested foryears at Italian ports. Table 1 takes intoconsideration only the ports that belongto the top 20 EU rank and also providedtheir data to ESPO (additional sources: UK
Department of Transport and Assoporti)…