DFDS: February Freight Up 4.5% As UK-EU Trade Begins To Stabilize

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  • Total volumes in February 2021 were 4.5% above 2020.
  • Volumes for routes calling the UK were up 4%.
  • North Sea volumes were above 2020 driven by added capacity and continued stabilisation of trade between the UK and the EU, particularly for UK imports.
  • Lower UK exports increased the number of empty trailers coming back to the EU.
  • Volumes on the English Channel were likewise above 2020.
  • Volumes on the new route between Ireland and France continued to be ahead of expectations.
  • Baltic Sea volumes were above 2020 adjusted for the closure of the Paldiski-Hanko route. Mediterranean volumes were above 2020 in all main corridors.


  • Total number of passengers in February 2021 was 92% below 2020.
  • The decrease reflects a continued negative impact from travel restrictions related to Covid-19 on the two cruise ferry routes, of which Oslo-Frederikshavn-Copenhagen was suspended in February, and the Channel.
  • In the Baltic Sea, passenger numbers were somewhat below 2020.