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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.

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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.

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