TRANSPORT > MARITIME TRANSPORT

Project overview[last update : 15-03-2017]

The collection of maritime transport statistics is based on data collected within the framework of Directive 2009/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 May 2009 on statistical returns in respect of carriage of goods and passengers by sea and the later amendments; Commission Decision 2010/216/EC, Regulation (EU) No 1090/2010 and Commission Delegated Decision 2012/186/EU.

Transmission of maritime transport data is mandatory for the 23 maritime EU Member States and the two maritime EEA EFTA countries (Iceland and Norway). In addition, the candidate countries Montenegro and Turkey provide maritime transport data to Eurostat on a voluntary basis. The landlocked EU Member States Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Hungary, Austria and Slovakia have no maritime ports. The same is the case for the two landlocked EFTA countries Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

DSD availability

There are three DSDs available covering all of the data sets used in the transmission of maritime transport data to Eurostat:

  • The DSD MRTM_GOODP+ESTAT+1.9.xml is used for creation of SDMX files for the maritime data sets A1, A2, C1, C2, D1, B1 and E1.

  • The DSD MRTM_VESSEL+ESTAT+1.5.xml is used for creation of SDMX files for the maritime data sets F1 and F2.

  • The DSD MRTM_A3+ESTAT+1.7.xml is used for creation of SDMX files for the maritime data set A3.

Transmission and Validation

Currently maritime transport data is transmitted to Eurostat either in csv or SDMX format depending on the reporting country.

Eurostat is encouraging transmission of maritime transport data in SDMX format, as this is the standardised format for data exchange being implemented by most statistical domains in Eurostat and a number of cooperating international organisations.

The transition to SDMX transmission of maritime transport data will be gradual, starting with the countries that are interested in implementing SDMX transmissions on a voluntary basis.

Since the framework for SDMX transmission of maritime transport data was developed in 2014, six reporting countries have started transmitting maritime data to Eurostat in SDMX format. In order to facilitate further migration, an instruction manual on how to produce SDMX files for all maritime datasets has been distributed to the reporting countries and is available from Eurostat on request.

Validation of codes and file format is done when using the DSDs to produce the maritime SDMX files. The next levels of validation are performed by Eurostat after receiving the data files.

Project contacts

Business request: ESTAT-MARITIME-DATA@ec.europa.eu

SDMX technical request: ESTAT-SUPPORT-SDMX@ec.europa.eu

Planned actions and updates

Continued support to countries considering implementing transmission of maritime transport data to Eurostat in the SDMX format.