PORT of Newcastle handled 14 million tonnes of trade in July this year, which was a 67% increase on the 8.4 million tonnes handled in the same month last year.
The port exported a total of 13.6 million tonnes in July 2023, and coal accounted for 13.4 million tonnes.
Coal export figures were up 73% on volumes reported in the same month last year, when the port exported 7.7 million tonnes of the coal.
The second-largest export commodity after coal was wheat, with 108,554 tonnes exported in July this year – a 10% increase on the 98,913 tonnes exported in July 2022.
Total steel volumes (imports and exports) reached 46,835 tonnes in July this year, which was a 1023% increase on the 4171 tonnes handled in the same month last year.
Port of Newcastle reported 153 visits from coal ships in July 2023, up from 97 visits in July 2022.
And it welcomed 43 “diversified trade” vessel calls that month, up from 39 non-coal vessel visits July last year.