PORT of Brisbane saw a very busy month for container throughput in July, with more TEUs crossing the wharves than at any time in the past year, according to the latest trade statistics from the port.
July saw a total throughput of 122,500 TEU over the 31 days of July, an increase of 4% on June’s throughput and an 8% increase on July 2017’s throughput. The most recent numbers were also higher than the port’s peak throughput for the past year in January (121,869 TEU).
The increase was largely driven by a surge in empty containers coming through the port – particularly empty exports. The empty container trade through the port totalled 31,053 TEU in July, an increase of 40% on the same month last year. Of that total, 21,871 TEU were exports, showing a 56% increase in empty exports on the same month in 2017. Empty imports also increased, albeit in much smaller numbers. July 2018’s total empty exports came to 9182 TEU, an increase of 13% on the same month last year.
Full containers remained fairly flat over the month at 90,816 TEU, an increase of less than 1% on July 2017.
Looking at total trade through the port – containerised and non-containerised – we see a 2% increase on the same month last year to 3.245m tonnes.