Monday 22nd Oct, 2018

Container trade on the rise at Brisbane

Photo: Southern Cross Maritime
Photo: Southern Cross Maritime

CONTAINERISED trade through the Port of Brisbane in April showed strong growth, driven by a sizeable uptick in exports, according to the latest trade statistics from the Port.

Total containerised trade through the port in April was reported to be 105,677 TEU – an increase of 11% on the same month last year, and an increase of 6% on container throughput in March 2018.

Exports showed significant growth in April over the same month last year, increasing 15% to 50,479 TEU, with increases in all trade categories reported, except agricultural seeds, which saw a decrease of 39% to 3226 TEU

As usual the largest containerised cargo exported from the Port of Brisbane was Sunshine State air – exports of empty containers in April totalled 22,049 TEU, an increase of 25% on the same month in 2017.

Other notable exports include “export other” with 10,661 TEU, meat products (4300 TEU), and timber (3591 TEU, a 56% increase on April 2017).

Imports for the month totalled 54,443 TEU, an 8% increase on the same month last year.

Notable imports in April included “import other” with 23,083 TEU, building products (5381 TEU), empty containers (5366 TEU) and freight all kind (5032 TEU).

Looking at total trade through the port, we also see an increase, albeit a more modest one than seen in purely container freight. Port of Brisbane handled 2.69m tonnes of trade in April, including containerised and non-containerised cargo. This was an increase of 7% when compared with April 2017’s total throughput.

Imports totalled 1.64m tonnes – an increase of 28% on last year – and exports totalled 1.02m tonnes – a decrease of 14%.

The motor vehicle trade increased over the period by 22% to a total of 24,685 units handled at the Port in April.

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