Thursday 13th Dec, 2018

Botany container trade up in April on previous year

Photo: Ian Ackerman
Photo: Ian Ackerman

CONTAINER trade through Port Botany remained stable through April, with a small increase over the previous month, but a more significant increase on the previous year, according to the latest trade statistics from NSW Ports.

Port Botany handled 207,291 TEU in containerised trade in April, 3.55% up on the same month last year.

But, container trade changed very little when compared with the previous month; April’s throughput was just 856 TEU more than March.

Empty containers accounted for 31% of Port Botany’s total throughput for April with 64,165 TEU full of fresh air crossing the wharf over the month.

Looking at containerised commodities coming through Port Botany in April, the top import was miscellaneous manufactured articles, with 21,731 TEU, a decrease of 4.7% on the same month last year.

Coming in second was machinery and transport equipment at 18,402 TEU and third was chemicals with 7871 TEU.

Containerised exports out of the port were topped by wood and wood products with 3897 TEU, followed by miscellaneous manufactured articles (3897 TEU) and machinery and transport equipment (3576 TEU).

Over the month, Port Botany handled 97 vessel calls over the month, with the most (29) in the 5000-6000 TEU range.

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