Container trade volumes through Port Botany continue to be well above last year, according to the latest trade statistics from NSW Ports.

In April, a total of 227,555 TEU crossed the wharves at Port Botany. This is an increase of 17% on the same month last year. The port handled 194,812 TEU in April 2020.

Last month, the port’s total export volume came to 110,757 TEU, an crease of 15.5% on April 2020’s numbers. Both full and empty container exports saw increases over the period. Empty exports were up 23.7% to 70,410 TEU, and full exports were 40,347 TEU.

Port Botany’s total export volume last month was 116,798 TEU, an increase of 17% on the same month last year.

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Commodities

The biggest containerised import commodity into Port Botany (in terms of TEU) was miscellaneous manufactured goods at 22,538 TEU. Volumes of this commodity increased last month by 36% over April 2020.

The next biggest commodity was machinery at 18,599 TEU (an increase of 28% on April 2020); followed by foodstuffs, beverages and tobacco at 12,403 TEU (up 4%); and plastic and rubber at 11,989 TEU (up 27%).

By far the biggest export out of Port Botany over April was fresh Sydney air, with 70,410 TEU. But other major export commodities included vegetable products at 6992 TEU (up 156%); paper products at 5623 TEU (down 17%); and iron, steel and other metals at 5321 TEU (down 12%).

Last month 89 containerships visited Port Botany, up from 86 the same month last year. Twenty-four of the ships that visited last month were in the 5001-6000 TEU band. 17 ships were 4001-5000 band, and 13 were in the 2001-3000 TEU band.

Total bulk liquids imported into Port Botany increased by 21% (over April 2020) to 414,063 revenue tonnes.

Port Kembla

Now moving south to Port Kembla, we find that total ro-ro volumes, measured in units, rose by 53% in April, compared with the same month last year. A total of 35,303 units crosse the wharves at Port Kembla over the month, with the vast majority of those (33.409 units) imported.

Total non-containerised cargo through Port Kembla also saw significant growth. NSW Ports reported 2.3 million revenue tonnes moved through the port in April – that is a 33.5% increase on the same month last year.

Of that total, 1.3 million revenue tonnes were imported (an increase of 47%), and 998,821 revenue tonnes were imported (an increase of 19.5%).

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