Sea transport

Resurgence of maritime transport of goods

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Resurgence of maritime transport of goods

The transport of goods via Belgian sea ports recovered in 2021.

The total amount of unloaded goods rose by more than ten million tonnes compared to 2020 and again reached the level of 2019. The amount of loaded goods increased by almost ten million tonnes compared to 2020 and even by more than ten million tonnes compared to 2019.

The number of passengers remained very low despite a doubling compared to 2020; 80,000 passengers, whereas 2019 already recorded a historically low level with 311,000 passengers. Passengers of cruise ships calling at Belgian ports are not taken into account.

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Sea transport (1997-2021)

Sea transport (1997-2021) 1997 2007 2010 2015 2019 2020 2021
Arriving ships (a) 32,248 34,043 28,812 24,806 25,726 23,679 24,609
Departing ships (a) 30,291 35,080 29,640 25,770 26,484 24,006 24,552
Cargo loaded (x 1,000 t) 61,856 102,365 100,794 112,468 125,914 126,387 136,321
Cargo unloaded (x 1,000 t) 100,208 134,327 125,561 128,715 151,868 142,288 152,506
Disembarked passengers (x 1,000)(b) 925 378 300 177 155 19 40
Embarked passengers (x 1,000)(b) 1,021 381 310 176 156 21 40
(a) Including extra-Community transit.
(b) Excluding cruise passengers
Source: Statbel (Directorate-general Statistics - Statistics Belgium)
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De zeevaartstatistieken geven een beeld van de evolutie van het aantal zeeschepen, de tonnenmaat en het scheepstype, het aantal en gewicht van de goederen, het vrachttype, het continent van lading of lossing, het aantal passagiers…

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Quarterly

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Results available 5 months after the reference period

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