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.

 


BREXIT IMPACTS ON DUBLIN PORT CLEAR TO BE SEEN IN Q3 AS TOTAL PORT VOLUMES DOWN -3.3% AFTER NINE MONTHS

Brexit impacts on Dublin Port clear to be seen after nine months, GB unitised trade down -21%, direct trade with Europe up +36%. Total port volumes down -3.3% in first nine months, but core Dublin Port business steady with -0.5% change in trailer and container volumes.

The Q3 2021 trading figures were released on 27th October 2021. 

Overall port throughput declined over the period from January to September 2021 by -3.3% to 25.9 million gross tonnes compared to the same period in 2020. Imports from January to September increased by +0.4% to 15.7 million gross tonnes but exports declined by -8.4% to 10.2 million gross tonnes. 

 

Trade Volumes Ebb and Flow in First Nine Months 

The outturn* after nine months comes after a volatile first three quarters:

  • Weak first quarter v Q1 2020: – 15.2% to 7.8 million gross tonnes 
  • Strong second quarter v Q2 2020: + 13.1% to 9.0 million gross tonnes 
  • Decline in the third quarter v Q3 2020: – 5.4% to 9.1 million gross tonnes 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE Q3 2021 TRADE FIGURES: HERE