Key figures of maritimetransport in Finland

Maritime transports in foreign traffic, increased in comparison to the year before in 2019 for exports and declined for imports. Export transport increased by 0,7 percent and import declined by 5,7 percent. In 2019 the accumulated amount of goods transported in export was 53,3 million tonnes and respectively import was 47,7 million tonnes. Out of the total amount 45,9 percent of export and 20,1 percent of import was transported by vessels under Finnish flag.

The biggest ports in terms of transport volumes where Hamina Kotka, Sköldvik and Helsinki.

Passenger volumes remained approximately at the same level as the previous year. In 2019 19,1 million passengers travelled between Finland and other countries (0,6 percent increase). The biggest passengerports where Helsinki (12,8 mil.), Turku (2,6 mil.) and Mariehamn (2,4 milj.).

You can find more statistics from Statistics Finland.

Import and Export

  • About 90% of Finnish import and export is transported by sea.
  • The passenger ships transport up to 50% of piece goods imports and 60% of exports.
  • Passenger ships transport 31% percent of total export and 26% of total import to Sweden
  • 90% of export and import to Estonia is transported by passenger ships.

Emissions from seafaring

  • The international maritime organization IMO has decided to cut greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by 50% by the year 2050.
  • 90% of goods worldwide are transported by sea and they produce 2,6% of emissions.
  • The carbon oxide emissions of a large containership are 3g/tkm.
  • The carbon oxide emissions of a cargo ship are 7,7 g/tkm.
  • Respectively the emissions per plane are 435 g/ tkm and 80g/tkm per lorry.

European Key Figures

Sorce: ECSA


Tiina Tuurnala

Tiina Tuurnala is the Chief Executive Officer of the Finnish Shipowners’ Association.

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