Wednesday 12th Dec, 2018

Melbourne container trade sees December slowdown

Photo: Danielle Shaw
Photo: Danielle Shaw

CONTAINER trade through the Port of Melbourne last month showed a dip compared to previous months, but still well ahead of 2017’s average, according to the latest trade statistics from the Port.

December’s total container cargo came to 246,600 TEU. This is an increase of 7% over throughput in December 2016, but a decrease of 2% on November 2017’s throughput.

Breaking down last month’s totals, we find the largest container trade sector was full mainland coastal exports, with 194,479 TEU; coastal imports (excluding the Bass Strait trade) came to 5965 TEU for the month.

Full overseas imports of containerised cargo were reported to be 104,846 TEU, with overseas exports coming to 63,847 TEU.

Turning to the Bass Strait trade, exports to Tasmania for December were 11,826 TEU and imports 7362 TEU.

The largest cargo categories for Melbourne’s containerised trade last month included miscellaneous manufactures, furniture, electrical equipment, cereal grains and beverages.

Turning our eyes away from the almighty container, we can see that Melbourne handled a throughput of 38,806 motor vehicles in December, amounting to 633,173 revenue tonnes.

Liquid bulk throughput was 637,360 revenue tonnes, dry bulk was 390,225 revenue tonnes, breakbulk was 104,344 revenue tonnes, and the Port handled 224,202 revenue tonnes of “other trade volume”.

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