CONTAINER throughput at the Port of Adelaide experienced a significant bump in July, according to the latest trade statistics available from Flinders Ports.

The port’s throughput of full containers for July 2020 came to 30,452 TEU, up from June’s figures of 26,510 TEU. Throughput was also up on July 2019 by 19%, or 4933 TEU.

Imports for July rose by 43% (to 15,477 TEU), whereas exports dipped by 4% (to 14,975 TEU).


Looking at the empties trade last month, 6574 TEU of empty containers crossed the Adelaide wharf, of which 5064 TEU was imported, and 1510 TEU was exported. Looking at export containers, Malaysia was the destination for most empties, accounting for 51% of all exported empties (768 TEU). Singapore was a distant second (260 TEU), followed by New Zealand (167 TEU).

Of all the port’s imported empties, four out of every five (80%) came from Australian ports (4068 TEU).

Turning to break-bulk, Flinders Ports reported 1601 cars imported into Adelaide over the month, a decrease of 880 units on June. The total break-bulk tonnage (including cars, general cargo, scrap metal, iron and steel) came to 23,866 tonnes, an increase of 17067 tonnes from June. A major part of this increase was the exporting of almost 16,500 tonnes of scrap metal.

Turning to bulk commodities, the largest imports were limestone (178,415 tonnes), closely followed by petroleum and gas (174,534), and fertilisers (60,922 tonnes).

Iron ore was the leading exported bulk commodity (146,329 tonnes). Following were cement/clinker (98,782 tonnes) and grain (72,856 tonnes).

There were 29 cellular container vessel calls over the month at Adelaide, up three from June and the highest number of vessels calls to date for 2020.