Ports matter — the key facts:
Ports are crucial for the European transport business, for Europe's competitiveness, and have a huge potential for job creation and investment.
Europe's ports are the gateways to the European continent. 74% of extra-EU goods are shipped through ports. They are equally important for intra-European trade: 37% of the intra-EU freight traffic and 385 million passengers pass by ports every year.
Over 1200 commercial seaports operate along some 70.000 kilometres of the Union´s coasts. Europe is one of the densest port regions worldwide.