A TOTAL of 95m revenue tonnes was reported at the Port of Melbourne during 2017/18, the strongest trade growth in six years, according to management.
Figures just released showed total container of 2.93m TEU, a record financial year.
This was made up of 1.35m full TEU imports, 966,000 full export TEU and 611,00TEU empties.
Motor vehicles (commercial and passenger) moved through the port were up 8% on 2017 to 7,361,492 revenue tonnes or 449,453 units.
Meanwhile total trade throughput for June 2018 finished 4.1% above June 2017 with all cargo types recording gains with the exception of liquid and dry bulks.
Total container throughput (full + empty) for June 2018 rose 5.5% over the same month last year to a total of 238,311 containers, resulting in total container throughput for 2017-18 being 8.6% above 2016-17.
Total container imports for the month recorded a 6.8% rise and total exports gained 4.3%.
Overseas imports were up 7.5%, imports from Tasmania rose 17.9%, and mainland coastal imports increased 88.1%.
Import commodities most responsible for the monthly increase included timber (56%), furniture (13%), metal manufactures (13%), ceramic goods (27%), aluminium (43%) and plastic ware (18%).
Motor vehicle trade recorded a 10.3% increase over June 2017 to be up 8% for the 2017-18 financial year.
Transport equipment (commercial vehicles) imports were the main contributor to the monthly result increasing 70.9% while imports of the new passenger vehicles were up 6.7%.
Other breakbulk cargoes such as imports of iron, steel and machinery continued well above last year’s levels, increasing 80.2% over June 2017 to be up 34.4% for the full 2017-18 financial year.