CONTAINERISED cargo volumes through Port Botany in February were significantly larger than the same month last year, as volumes decline from the busy season.
According to the most recent statistics available from NSW Ports, Port Botany saw a total of 210,257 TEU in throughput in February 2018, showing a decrease of 5% on January’s throughput of 221,222 TEU.
However, when we compare this past February’s throughput with the same month in 2017, we see an increase of 20% from 175,218 TEU.
According to a statement accompanying the trade statistics, full imports were up 25.8% on the same period last year, with increases across all commodities, with the biggest increases seen in miscellaneous manufactured articles (up 40.6% on last year to 24,781 TEU); machinery and transport equipment (up 22.2% to 17,718 TEU); and food preparations (up 22% to 6776 TEU).
Full export volumes were down by 8.14%, with a large decrease seen in paper products, which were down 54.7% to 2215 TEU.
The largest containerised exports from Port Botany in February were Miscellaneous manufactured articles at 4716 TEU (after an increase of 30.4% on the same period the previous year); wood, timber, cork and articles thereof at 3706 TEU (up 24.9%); and non-ferrous metals at 3137 TEU (up 35.9%).
Empty container exports saw an increase of 32.5% on February last year.
Over February 2018, 88 vessels called at Port Botany, up from 86 the same month last year. The largest share of the ships (28) were in the 5000-6000 TEU range, while there were 18 ships in the 4000-5000 TEU range, 15 in the 1000-2000 TEU range and eight each in the 6000-7000 TEU range, 3000-4000 TEU range and the 2000-3000 TEU range. One ship in the 7000-8000 TEU range called at Port Botany and two ships in the les-than-1000 TEU range called.
Non-containerised trade through Port Botany last February was reported to be at 567,093 revenue-tonnes, up 23% on January 2018, and 61% on February 2017.