PORT of Melbourne saw an uptick in containerised trade in July, according to the latest available trade statistics from the Port; total containerised throughput at the port for the month was 233,793 TEU.
The throughput numbers were well above the average for the 2017 calendar year so far, which stands at 222,804 TEU. July’s numbers were second highest for the year so far, after May.
Of July’s total, 43,333 TEU, or 18.5%, were containers full of the chill air of wintertime Victoria.
Overseas trade made up most of Melbourne’s trade for the month (no surprises here), with 209,837 TEU of international freight passing through the port in July – 165,061 TEU full, 44,776 TEU empty.
Trade between Melbourne and the Apple Isle came to 18,270 TEU, or 8% of Melbourne’s total throughput.
Of the total Bass Strait trade, 8333 TEU (or 45%) was imported and 9937 TEU (55%) was exported from Melbourne.
Other coastal trade through Melbourne over the month came to 7129 TEU.
The biggest containerised commodity traded through the port over July was “misc. manuf.”, followed by cereal grains and furniture.
Turning to other trade through the port, we find that a total of 38,323 units of motor vehicles passed over the wharves, which equates to 614,660 revenue tonnes.
Break bulk trade volume for the month was reported to be 85,956 revenue tonnes, with the top three commodities reported to be new motor vehicles, transport equipment and machinery.
Liquid bulk trade volume for the month came to 605,874 revenue tonnes with the three biggest liquid commodities being crude oil, petroleum products and chemicals.
In July, a total of 477,983 revenue tonnes of dry bulk came through the port, with cement, cereal grains and “crude fert & minerals, NEI” listed as the top three commodities in the category.