Friday 16th Nov, 2018

Increases in Botany and Kembla trade volumes seen in June

Photo: Ian Ackerman
Photo: Ian Ackerman

JUNE was a busy month at Port Botany, with a notable increase in in containers crossing the wharves over the month, according to the latest trade data published by NSW Ports.

Port Botany’s total container trade for June 2018 was reported at 217,639 TEU, a 9% increase on the same month last year.


A report from NSW Ports said import full volumes were up 11.2% on June last year, with increases across nearly all commodity groups, but notable increases were seen in iron and steel (up 29.95%); plastic articles (up 24.6%); and wood and wood products (up 24.1%).

Imports were also up, albeit by a more modest 4%, with notable increases seen in flour, malt and starches (up 37.65% on June 2017); iron and steel (up 32.1%); and paper and paper products (up 26.6%).

Export empties were up 9.9% on the same month last year.

This past June’s throughput also represented a month-on-month increase; it was 5% more than May’s throughput of 207,189 TEU. Both exports and imports grew over the period, increasing 4% and 6%, respectively.

Total container vessel visits at Port Botany decreased this past June when compared with the same month last year, from 95 to 91. However, four more larger container vessels (with a TEU capacity of 6000-7000 TEU) called at the port in June 2018 than June 2017, and, over that period, there were decreases in visits from smaller ships.

Now, looking to the south, Port Kembla saw big increases in trade volumes.

Total trade through the port in June 2018 was reported at 2.47m revenue tonnes – an increase of 13% on the same month the previous year (2.18m revenue tonnes), and a whopping increase of 32% on May 2018 (1.87m revenue tonnes).

Looking at May and June 2018, we find exports increasing by 92% from 612,917 revenue tonnes to 1.17m revenue tonnes in June. Imports increased by a more modest 3% to 1.29m revenue tonnes.

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