Sunday 21st Oct, 2018

Brisbane container throughput down from record heights but still strong

Photo: Southern Cross Maritime
Photo: Southern Cross Maritime

PORT of Brisbane reported a drop in containerised throughput in November compared to the previous month, but throughput is still strong in a broader context, according to the latest trade statistics from the port.

Brisbane reported a total throughput for November to be at 114,727 TEU, following four months of record container throughput at the port, peaking in October at 120,389 TEU.

Even though November’s container totals were lower than October’s, 5% more containers passed through the port in November 2017 than the same month in 2016.

Imports made up just over half of the total last November, with exports making up 49% of the Port’s total container throughput.

As usual, Brisbane’s biggest containerised export was fresh Queensland air, with 28,145 TEU of empty containers leaving the port – an increase on the same month in 2016 of 32%.

Empties even beat out full container exports for the month, which were reported to be 28,052 TEU.

Brisbane’s second biggest containerised export category for the month was “export other” with 11,274 TEU, followed by agricultural seeds (4705 TEU) and meat products (4447 TEU)

Turning to imports, “import other” was the largest category with 25,490 TEU, followed by household items (7080 TEU), freight all kind (5053 TEU) and electrical equipment (4614 TEU).

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