About Dublin Port

Dublin Port Company is a State-owned commercial company responsible for operating and developing Dublin Port.  Dublin Port is the largest freight and passenger port in Ireland with all cargo handling activities being carried out by private sector companies operating in intensely competitive markets within the Port.

Dublin Port is one of five major ports classified as Tier 1 / Tier 2 ports in National Port Policy and categorised as core / comprehensive ports in the EU’s TEN-T network.  Dublin Port’s large share of national port volumes, particularly in the Ro-Ro and Lo-Lo modes, arises due to a combination of two factors, location and depth of water. Dublin Port is a key part of the national port system and Dublin Port Company seeks to ensure that it plays its role in providing national port capacity.

Dublin Port handles almost 50% of all trade in the Republic of Ireland. Located in the heart of Dublin City and at the hub of the national road and rail network, Dublin Port is a key strategic access point for Ireland and in particular the Dublin area.


Dublin Port throughput increases by +7.6% in Fourth Quarter of 2020

Total cargo volumes down by ‑3.4% for 2020, the third busiest year on record

The 2020 trading figures including the fourth quarter of 2020 were released on 19th January 2021. 

2020 was a challenging year for Dublin Port but a year which demonstrated, yet again, the robustness of the port’s cargo business with full year volumes of 36.9 million gross tonnes, only ‑3.4% behind 2019. 

Notwithstanding the decline of ‑3.4%, 2020 was the third busiest year for cargo in the long history of Dublin Port with higher volumes recorded in only 2018 (38.0 million gross tonnes) and 2019 (38.1 million gross tonnes).