Decline in Dublin H1 port volumes but ferry passengers, their cars and new cars doing well

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  • Imports fell by -3.6% to 10.8 million gross tonnes.
  • Exports declined by -3.5%, to 7.1 million gross tonnes.
  • Unitised trade (Ro-Ro and Lo-Lo) in the form of trailers and containers accounted for 81% of all cargo volumes in the first half of the year. Unitised freight fell by -5.4%, with both modes experiencing reductions of -4.4% and -7.6% respectively.

Positive growth indicators were seen in other areas of the port’s business, including:

  • Imports of new trade vehicles rose by 40.3% to 67,000 units. This rise is already on the back of strong import figures in 2022 when volumes increased by 8.1% for the full year.
  • Bulk Liquid imports of petroleum products continue to grow strongly, reaching 2.3 million gross tonnes matching the record levels achieved in the same period last year.
  • Passenger numbers on ferries increased by 13.6% to 758,454 while tourist vehicles reached 217,788 (+11.1%).


Dublin is expecting modest positive growth in the second half of 2023 as markets recover.