PORT of Brisbane saw a decrease in containerised cargo throughput in October, according to the latest trade statistics from the port.

The Port of Brisbane handled a total of 124,027 TEU last month – a decrease of 4% on the previous month’s throughput. Additionally, last month’s totals were 9% down on October 2020’s numbers.

Containerised imports saw a decline of 10% to 58,941 TEU last month, when compared with the same month last year. Most import commodities saw declines in volumes or very modest increases.

The port’s largest containerised import last month was “import other” at 25,335 TEU, a decrease of 15% on October 2020.

Containerised exports also saw a decline in volumes last month. In October 57,604 TEU were exported. This was a 14% decline on the same month last year.

As usual, Brisbane’s largest containerised export commodity was fresh air, with 28,921 TEU of empty containers exported. This was a decline of 13% on October 2020’s empty export numbers.

Zooming out to look at Brisbane’s total trade, we find an increase in throughput. Last month’s total trade, at 2.5 million tonnes, was a 14% increase on October 2020.