NEW South Wales Ports recorded container throughput of 195,168TEU in the month of March, 5.46% down on the same month in 2018.
According to NSW Ports, import full volumes were down by 11.5% with decreases in non-metallic minerals (down 24.2%), miscellaneous manufactured articles (down 17.7%) and textiles, fabrics and articles (down 17%).
Export full volumes were up on last year by 3.6% with increases in paper and paper products (up 113%), miscellaneous manufactured articles (up 48.5%) and non-ferrous metals (up 14%).
Export empties were almost the same as this time last year, down by just 0.8%.
There were 91 vessel visits which was down by four visits compared with the same period last year.
Vessel visits were down by 10 visits in the 2000 to 3000TEU-range, up by five in the 4000 to 5000TEU range and there were three visits in the 8000TEU to 9000TEU range against none in this range last year.
“Other capacity ranges adjusted as required according to blank sailings following Chinese New Year and space management in the off peak season,” NSW Ports stated.