By / December 9, 2015

The EU’s 20 main cargo ports (in million tonnes, 2011)

The EU’s 20 main cargo ports (in million tonnes, 2011)

The EU’s 20 main cargo ports (in million tonnes, 2011)

Seaports are fundamental to the economy of the European Union (EU), enabling the transit of some 74% of imports and exports of cargo and 37% of EU trade. They also play an important role in the Union’s territorial continuity, linking islands and peripheral areas with the mainland. They vary in size, location, organisation and type, making up a very heterogeneous sector. They also differ in performance and connectivity to intermodal transport routes.
Some 96% of all freight and 93% of passengers passing through EU ports transits through the EU’s 329 main seaports, identified by the European Commission in the guidelines on the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) as essential to the functioning of the internal market.


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