PORT of Newcastle handled 14 million tonnes of trade in June 2023, a slight increase of 1.7% on the 13.8 million tonnes handled in June last year.

Total exports were up a marginal 0.9%, from 13.5 million tonnes in June 2022 to 13.6 million tonnes in June 2023.

The port exported 13.2 million tonnes of coal in June this year, a 1.4% increase since the same month last year, when it exported 13.1 million tonnes of coal.

The second-largest export commodity after coal was meals and grains, with 155,294 tonnes exported in June this year. In June 2022, the port didn’t handle meals and grains at all.

And the wheat trade was down at Newcastle last month. In June 2023 it exported 125,046 tonnes of wheat, a 57% decrease on the 294,995 tonnes exported in the same month last year.

The port recorded 151 coal vessel visits in June 2023 up from 143 in June last year, which is a 5.6% increase.

And the port received 45 “diversified trade” vessel visits last month, up 18% from 38 non-coal vessel visits in June 2022.