CONTAINER throughput at Port Adelaide declined in December, according to the latest data available from Flinders Ports.

The port handled a total of 25,210 TEU last month – a decrease of 20% on December 2021, when the port handled 31,505 TEU.

Adelaide saw significant decreases in both imports and exports over the period. Total containerised cargo imports fell 26% to 12,611 TEU. Total containerised exports fell 31% to 12,599 TEU.

Containership visits, however, went an opposite direction. In December 2022, there were 30 containership calls at Adelaide, while in December 2021 there were 21.

Zooming out and looking at bulk and breakbulk trades through all of Flinders Ports’ locations, we find a 22% increase in trade volumes. In December 2022, the ports handled a total of 2.36 million tonnes of bulk and breakbulk cargo.

Significant imports last month included 62,181 tonnes of fertiliser through Port Adelaide, a combined 255,300 tonnes of petroleum and gas through both Port Adelaide and Port Lincoln and 8706 tonnes of cars through Port Adelaide.

Major exports for the month included 277, 301 tonnes of grain through Port Lincoln, 12,024 tonnes of brain through Port Adelaide and 172,718 tonnes of vegetables, legumes and oilseeds through Port Adelaide.