TOTAL container throughput at the Port of Brisbane in June saw a modest increase over June 2020, according to the latest trade data available from the port.

Over June 2021, a total of 119,200 TEU crossed the wharves at Queensland’s main container port. This was an increase of 7.5% on total throughput in June last year.

Of that total, full containers accounted for 79,297 TEU, an increase of 3.7% on the same month last year.

Total empty throughput for June came to 31,715 TEU, an increase of 14.6%.

Transhipped container throughput at the port increased 21.6% to 8187 TEU. While this was a significant jump in percentage terms, numbers-wise there was an increase of just 1452 TEU.

Drilling down further into the data, we see imported containers saw a slight decrease. A total of 53,596 TEU were imported through the port this past June, a decrease of just 1%, or 643 TEU, on June 2020.

Empty container imports saw the biggest drop, in TEU terms, falling 1092 TEU to 4971 TEU this year.

FAK imports saw a significant jump, increasing by 2307 TEU, or 96%, to 4697 TEU.

“Import other” was by far the largest commodity group imported through Brisbane over the month, with 23,547 TEU crossing the wharves over the month, down 3.7% from 2020.

Turning to exports, the port’s largest export commodity by far was fresh Queensland air. A total of 26,744 TEU of empty containers crossed the wharves at Brisbane over the month – that’s 46.6% of the port’s total containerised exports (which totalled 57,417 TEU).

Other notable containerised export commodities included “export other” (14,264 TEU, an increase of 19.5%), meat products (4575 TEU, a 14.9% decrease), and agricultural seeds (3937 TEU, an increase of 336.5%).

Turning to total cargo throughput at the port – containerised and otherwise – June saw a total of 2.7 million tonnes, an increase of 24.9% on June 2020’s numbers.

Exports increased by 53.8% to 1.16 million tonnes, while imports increased by 9.5% to 1.55 million tonnes.

And, total motor vehicle units increased by 176% to 27,025 units.