FOR the first time since July 2018, Port Kembla’s trade figures have fallen below the corresponding month of the previous year, according to the latest trade statistics from NSW Ports.

In June, non-containerised trade through the port was 2.024m revenue tonnes, up 2% on May’s figures, but down 18% on June 2018. Of this figure, 52% consisted of exports and 47% imports.

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Over the course of the 2018/19 financial year, the export trade was dominated by dry bulk (88%), followed by break bulk (8%) and ro-ro (4%). East Asia (32%) was the top ranked destination for Kembla’s exports, closely followed by South Asia (31%). Oceania (12%) rounded out the top three.

Dry bulk (52%) and ro-ro (43%) made up the majority of imports, followed by break bulk (3%) and bulk liquid (2%). Oceania (40%) was the source of Kembla’s imports. East Asia (29%) was next, followed by South East Asia (12%).

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