|Category of goods||2015||2016||change|
|'000 tonnes||'000 tonnes|
|Break bulk & other goods||1,472||1,387||-5.8%|
Irish ports handled 50.7 million tonnes of goods in 2016, an increase of 46,000 tonnes when compared with 2015. Goods forwarded amounted to 17.0 million tonnes in 2016, a fall of 0.4% compared to the previous year, while goods received increased by 0.3% to 33.7 million tonnes. See table 4.
The tonnage of goods handled rose in three categories with increases in roll-on/roll-off (+7.0%), lift-on/lift-off (+3.5%) and dry bulk (+0.4%). The tonnage of goods handled fell in the remaining categories with liquid bulk and break bulk and other goods decreasing by 9.4% and 5.8% respectively. See table 4 and graph.
The annual analysis also shows that