The amount of traffic passing through the UK’s ports in the 12 months to the end of the third quarter was down by two per cent when compared to the previous year.

According to the government’s latest port freight statistics, vessels weighing 497 million tonnes docked in the UK during the year. This was down from 509 million tonnes during the corresponding period in 2011.

The third quarter was not a great time for the UK’s shipping industry, as traffic fell by three per cent on the previous year. In addition to this, the number of units handled by Britain’s ports during the three-month period was down by four per cent annually.

While these figures are obviously a cause for concern, the future does appear bright for the nation’s import and export sector. A number of major developments are in the pipeline, including the £300 million Liverpool2 container terminal, which the Liverpool Echo reports has the potential to create 5,000 jobs in the city.

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