Freight traffic levels fall 2pc at Dublin Port
DUBLIN Port has experienced a 2pc downturn in traffic in the first five months of this year, a decrease of almost 200,000 tonnes on the same period last year.
The latest figures show activity from January to May running at 11.5 million tonnes, down from 11.75 million tonnes for the same period last year.
Imports were down from 6.9 million tonnes for the first five months of 2011 to 6.75 million tonnes for the same period this year, showing a 2.3pc decline.
Exports weren't hit as hard with the first five months of this year showing 4.8 million tonnes compared with 4.84 million tonnes for the same period last year -- down 0.7pc.
A port spokesperson said: "The figures are disappointing given that in our 30-year plan, launched at the end of last year, we had predicted a 2pc rise.
"Imports are still sliding and the gap is widening between imports and exports. In the ideal situation traffic would be 50/50."
Around half of all Irish freight traffic goes through Dublin Port, and it is particularly important for high-value fast-moving goods, and for oil.