CONTAINERISED trade through Port Botany continues to ramp up, with August’s total throughput up 2% on July’s throughput, and up 10% on the same period in 2016, the latest trade statistics from NSW Ports reveal.
In August, 216,359 TEU of containerised cargo crossed the wharves at Botany, with the increase on the previous year attributed to growth in cotton, logs, flour and meat, as well as building materials.
Imports of full containers were reported to be 110,082 TEU – up 7% when compared to the same period in 2016.
NSW Ports cited increases in miscellaneous manufactured articles and textiles as key drivers in the growth in imports.
Imports of miscellaneous manufactured articles increased 3% on the same month last year to 24,833 TEU in August 2017.
Containerised textiles, fabrics and articles increase 13% on the previous year to 5284 TEU, and imports of food preparations increased 24% on last year to 7525 TEU.
Of Botany’s total container throughput, 27%, or 58,855 TEU, was empty. The lion’s share of the Port’s empty trade was exported, with just 742 TEU of empty containers imported.
Turning to exports, Botany saw 13% more containerised cargo going out of the port in August compared to the same month in 2016.
Of the total 47,422 TEU exported, the largest category was miscellaneous manufactured articles with 4529 TEU, even after a decrease of 16% on the previous year.
Exports of cotton from the port saw a 63% increase to 4262 TEU in August, while wood saw a 59% increase to 3511 TEU.
Ninety five container vessels visited the Port in August, an increase of one on July’s total containership calls.
In August, the largest vessel to call at the port was in the 7000-8000 TEU range; two such ships called at the Port over the month.
The largest vessel was the 5000-6000 TEU category, with 33 calls in August, this was followed by the 4000-5000 TEU range (18 calls) and the 1000-2000 TEU range (15 calls).