PORT Botany saw a quieter month in July with container throughput down from the previous month as well as the same period last year.

Total container trade through Port Botany over July came to 205,099 TEU – a decrease of 6% on June (217,308 TEU), and down 1% on July 2019’s total container throughput (207,665 TEU).

The month’s volumes of full imports were up 6% on the previous year to 111,650 TEU and, according to NSW Ports, the largest increases by TEU were experienced by machinery (up 3070 TEU), chemicals (up 2503 TEU) and plastic and rubber (up 1250 TEU).


Export full volumes, however, were down on last year’s figures, dropping 13% to 36,093 TEU. Commodities with the largest decreases by TEU were iron, steel, aluminium and other metals (down 1560 TEU), miscellaneous manufactured articles (down 1202 TEU), and vegetable products (down 788 TEU).

A total of 56,800 TEU empties left the port in June. This was down on June by 6150 TEU and 2816 TEU less than July 2019. Empty imports came to a total of 556 TEU.

There were 81 container vessel visits during the month of July (17 less than July 2019), with those being in the 5001-6000 TEU and 4001-5000 TEU and ranges accounting for almost half of all vessels calling at the port (17 visits and 20 visits, respectively).

At 418,941 revenue tonnes, July’s non-containerised trade through Port Botany was down 19% on the previous month, but up 5% on July 2019. Bulk gas was the largest export, with 8315 revenue tonnes leaving the port in June 2020. Bulk liquid was the largest import, with its 397,227 revenue tonnes making up 98% of the port’s total non-containerised import trade.