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PORT of Melbourne saw a modest increase in container throughput last month, according to the latest trade statistics from the port.

Total container throughput in February came to 269,126 TEU, an increase of 1.3% over the same month last year. However, year-to-date container volumes are down 0.6%.

Total container imports last month showed an increase of 2.4% on February last year. According to the port, containerised imports of toys and sporting goods, clothing and domestic appliances were all up on February 2021 volumes.

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Total containerised exports were roughly the same last month as they were in February 2021, increasing 0.1%.

Full overseas container imports last month increased 4.2% on February 2021, and full overseas container imports decreased 18.9% in the same period. And, fully container transhipments decreased 18.5% in the same period.

Full container trade between Melbourne and Tasmania increased 4.9% to a total of 17,957 TEU – this excludes transhipments.

Total empty container movements were 14.0% above February 2021 totalling 74,714 TEU.

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