New figures from the Central Statistics Office show a marginal decrease in the volume of goods handled in six of the seven Irish ports in the third quarter of 2020. 

Six of the main Irish ports - Bantry, Cork, Drogheda, Dublin, Shannon and Waterford - handled 12.3 million tonnes of goods in the third quarter of 2020, down 0.1% compared with the same time in 2019. 

Goods forwarded from these ports amounted to 4.2 million tonnes during the three months from July to September, while a total of 8.1 million tonnes of goods were received. 

The CSO noted that Rosslare data is not included in today's figures.

Today's CSO figures show that the number of vessels arriving during the third quarter in six of the seven main Irish ports decreased by 8.8%, while the gross tonnage of all arriving vessels fell by 15.3% to 53,463 thousand tonnes. 

In Dublin - Ireland's biggest port - the number of vessels arriving decreased by 7.8%, while the gross tonnage of arriving vessels was down by 9.9%. 

Cork Port saw the number of vessels arriving dropping by almost 20% compared to the same quarter last year, while the gross tonnage of vessels arriving was down by almost 50%. 

The CSO noted that Great Britain & Northern Ireland accounted for 39.7% of the total tonnage of goods handled in the main ports by region of trade in the third quarter of 2020.

Other EU countries accounted for a similar percentage of trade at 36.7%.