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Ten-year high for Port of London

[ February 10, 2017   //   ]

Trade in the Port of London in 2016 reached the highest this decade, rising 10% to top 50 million tonnes for the first time since 2008. Containers, oil and building materials all rose markedly, said the Port of London Authority, pointing out that prior to 2016, port throughput had been increasing at between 2-3%, year-on-year.

PLA chief executive, Robin Mortimer said: “Our long term Vision is for 60 to 80 million tonnes of cargo to be traded every year through the Port of London – more than at any time in the Thames’ history.  Passing 50 million tonnes in 2016 is a major milestone towards this goal.”

Containers and trailers were up 7% to 18 million tonnes; aggregates and cement increased again from 10.7 million tonnes (16%) up to 12.4 million tonnes. Cereal volumes also increased by 15% to one million tonnes.

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