DFDS freight up 17% in November
November was a very busy month for DFDS Freight, especially on the UK routes. The logistics activities to the UK have likewise been very busy in November. The high growth percentages vs 2019 should however recall, that uncertainty about Brexit slowed trading down in November 2019.
The total volumes in November were 18% above 2019 adjusted for the closure of the Paldiski-Hanko route. The volume growth for routes calling the UK was 25%.
North Sea volumes were boosted by stockbuilding ahead of Brexit, especially on the routes between Netherlands and UK.
Volumes on the English Channel were likewise boosted by the stockbuilding. Baltic Sea volumes were above 2019 adjusted for the closure of the Paldiski-Hanko route.
Mediterranean volumes were up driven by the route between southern Turkey and Italy.
The total number of ferry passengers in November 2020 was 80% below 2019. The decrease reflects a continued negative impact from travel restrictions related to Covid-19, especially on the two cruise ferry routes. In the Baltic Sea, passenger numbers were considerably less impacted.