Helsinki is one of the busiest passenger ports in Europe, and the Port of Helsinki Ltd creates a seamless framework for sea traffic to destinations such as Tallinn and Stockholm. In 2019, a total of 12.2 million and in COVID-19 year of 2021, 3,7 million passengers travelled through the Port of Helsinki.
The Port of Helsinki is also Finland’s leading general port for foreign trade. In 2021, the Ports’s total cargo traffic was 14,4 million tonnes. The main export commodities are products for the forest industry, machinery and equipment, whereas in imports the most prominent product group are daily consumer goods.
Among the strengths of the port are frequent liner traffic, efficient infrastructure, good road and rail connections, and excellent services provided in cooperation with the port’s business partners. In 2021, the turnover of Port of Helsinki Ltd was 68,8 million euros. The Port of Helsinki Ltd is a limited company owned by the City of Helsinki. Port of Loviisa and South Finland Port Service are its subsidiaries.
The Port of Helsinki serves the business world and well-being of the Helsinki region and the whole country and has significant positive effects related to the economy and employment. The annual financial impact of the port operations adds up to approximately 4.1 billion euros (Port of Helsinki impact assessment carried out by the Brahea Centre at the University of Turku, 2019). The Port has a great impact on functionality of the Finnish foreign trade logistics and security of supply.
The value of the goods transported via Port of Helsinki is 40–50% of the value of all maritime transport in Finland. The total income for the region from sea passengers who travelled through the Port of Helsinki was roughly 689 million euros.