Wednesday 21st Nov, 2018

Brisbane container trade in March flat on previous month

Photo: Southern Cross Maritime
Photo: Southern Cross Maritime

CONTAINERISED trade through the Port of Brisbane showed very little movement between April and March 2018, but substantially more containers crossed the wharf this past March than the same month last year.

According to the latest available trade figures form the Port of Brisbane, the port saw 99,533 TEU in container throughput in March 2018 – a mere 128 TEU less than April’s throughput.

However, when compared with March 2017 (91,938 TEU), we see an 8% increase.

Exports and imports were roughly equal this past March, with exports totalling 49,467 TEU.

As usual, the Port of Brisbane’s biggest containerised export was fine and tropical Queensland air; the port exported 29,314 TEU of empty containers over the month.

The largest category of actual containerised cargo was “export other” with 9,618 TEU. This was followed by freight all kind with 3537 TEU with timber (2812 TEU) and agricultural seeds (2615 TEU).

Turning now to imports, we see Brisbane’s incoming containers totalled 49,199 TEU for March 2018.

The largest cargo category was “import other” with 21,531 TEU. This was followed by freight all kind at 6128 TEU, and then empty containers (5072 TEU) and building products (4089 TEU).

Total trade, including containerised and non-containerised cargoes, was reported at 2.4m tonnes for the month of March. This was a decrease of 18% on the same month last year, with imports, exports and transhipped cargo all seeing decreases over the period.

However, motor vehicle trade saw an 8% increase over the period to 26,792 units in March of this year.

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