CONTAINERISED cargo at Port Botany has been chugging along nicely, the latest trade statistics released by NSW Ports reveal.
Total container trade through the Port came to 212,524 TEU for the month of July 2017 – up from 198,001 TEU in July of last year, a 7% increase.
This past July’s throughput was split almost down the middle between imports and exports – import volumes were ever so slightly higher with 106,624 TEU (exports totalled 105,900 TEU).
Of the month’s total containerised throughput at Port Botany, 59,467 TEU, or 28%, was completely empty. Nearly all the Port’s empty throughput was exported (only 1046 TEU of empties were imported). This past July’s empty container throughput was up 8% on the same month last year’s.
A total of 152,676 TEU of full containers came through Botany in July, with 31% (or 47,098 TEU) exported and 69% (105,578 TEU) imported.
Full container exports were up more than 8% on the same month last year, with a statement from NSW Ports citing a rise in cotton, cereals and grain, along with building materials as drivers for the uptick.
Where did all these containers full of cargo go? Well, the lion’s share went to East Asia (43,806 TEU), while Oceania (excluding Pacific Ocean islands) and South Asia were nearly tied for the second biggest export destination, with 22,488 TEU and 22,422 TEU respectively. The next largest destination was South Asia with 4675 TEU.
Full container imports were up 4% on last year, with miscellaneous manufactured articles and textiles driving the increase.
The origin of nearly half of Botany’s imports (51,322 TEU) was East Asia – no surprises here. The second biggest import origin was Europe (17,975 TEU), followed by South East Asia (16,814 TEU).
In July, 94 containerships called at Port Botany, 36 of which were in the 5000-6000 TEU band. There were 18 ships in the 4000-5000 TEU band and 15 in the 1000-2000 TEU band. There were only five calls from vessels in the 6000-7000 TEU band.
Leaving Port Botany and heading south, Port Kembla reported a total throughput of 1.9m revenue tonnes for the month of July 2017 – a decrease of almost 20% from the same period last year (which was 2.4m revenue tonnes).
NSW Ports reported Kembla’s total exports for the month to be 772,026 revenue tonnes, with 1.13m revenue tonnes imported.