Cargo types total – transport flows with different characteristics. The principal categories of the type of cargo classification are thus Liquid Bulk, Dry Bulk, Containers, Roll-on/Roll-off, and Other Non-unitised General Cargo. This classification is related to maritime transport and cargo handling needs, and is not intended to provide a linkage to trade or other economic statistics through a product classification.
Dry bulk goods – ores, coal, agricultural products and other dry bulk goods.
Large containers – having a length of 20 feet or more. The tonnage is the gross weight of goods including packaging but excluding the tare weight of containers or ro-ro units.
Liquid bulk goods – liquefied gas, crude oil, oil products and other liquid bulk.
Loading – loading of cargo on to the ship in the reporting port. Transit goods are included. The tonnage of goods carried includes packaging but excluding the tare weight of containers or ro-ro units.
Main ports – selected ports are at least those handling more than 1 million tonnes of goods annually.
Other cargo, not elsewhere specified – forestry products iron and steel products other cargo, general.
Other Ro-Ro, mobile units – unaccompanied road goods trailers and semitrailers, unaccompanied caravans and other road, agricultural and industrial trailers, ship borne port-to-port trailers, and ship borne barges engaged in goods transport, other ro-ros no self propelled.
Ro-Ro, mobile self-propelled units – road goods vehicles and accompanying trailers; passenger cars and accompanying trailers/caravans; passenger buses; import/export motor vehicles; live animals on the hoof and other Ro-Ro mobile self propelled.
Unloading – unloading of cargo from the ship in the reporting port. Transit goods are included. The tonnage of goods carried includes packaging but excluding the tare weight of containers or ro-ro units.
The survey population consists of Estonian Maritime Administration’s list of ports.
Statistics Estonia collects data according to the European Parliament and the Council Directive 2009/42/EC of 6 May 2009, according to which the Member States shall collect data about statistical returns with regard to carriage of goods by sea from ports located in their territory.
The survey covers the statistical ports (main ports), which handled over one million tonnes of cargo annually. Complete enumeration is applied.
Types of cargo are consistent with the United Nations ECE Recommendation No 21.
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