MAY was a busy month for Port of Brisbane’s container terminals, with the largest monthly throughput since January, according to the latest available information from the port.
Container throughput at the port over the month totalled 112,318 TEU, showing 6% increase on April 2018’s throughput, and an 11% increase on May 2017’s container throughput.
Breaking May’s container numbers down, 57,547 TEU was imported and 53,655 TEU was exported.
Zooming into Brisbane’s exports, we find the largest cargo category for the month was “import other”, with 23,821 TEU. This was followed by household items (6218 TEU), electrical equipment (5724 TEU) and empties (5718 TEU).
Looking at exports, as usual, Brisbane’s largest export cargo was nothing, with 18,335 TEU of empties exported over the month. This was followed by “export other” (12,720 TEU), meat products (5828 TEU) and cotton (4380 TEU).
While container trade is on the up when compared to last year, total trade (including containerised and non-containerised cargo) at Brisbane in May showed a decline – down 16% to 2.66m tonnes.
The main driver for this decline is a precipitous decrease in coal exports, which were down 62% on May last year to 309,424 tonnes in this past May.
Other exports decreased over the period, including mineral ores and sands (down 58% to 36,957 tonnes); refined oil (down 77% to 24,374 tonnes); agricultural seeds (down 41% to 92,234 tonnes); and “other” (down 11% to 298,620 tonnes).
Imports through the port saw an increase over the period, up 9% to 1.62m tonnes.