CONTAINER throughput at the Port of Adelaide experienced a slight increase in June, according to the latest trade statistics available from Flinders Ports.

The port’s throughput of full containers for June 2020 came to 26,510 TEU, just pipping April’s figures (26,489 TEU).

This figure, however, was down 9% on June 2019’s total TEU throughput.

Imports for June rose by 4% (to 10,861 TEU), whereas exports dipped by 2% (to 15,649 TEU).

Looking at the empties trade last month, 6807 TEU of empty containers crossed the Adelaide wharf, of which 6047 TEU was imported, and 760 TEU was exported.

Malaysia accounted for 58% of all exported empties (441 TEU). Australian ports were a distant second (121 TEU), closely followed by Singapore (98 TEU).

A massive 87% of the port’s imported empties came from Australian ports (5255 TEU).


Turning to break-bulk, Flinders Ports reported 2481 cars imported into Adelaide over the month, an increase of 642 units on May. The total break-bulk tonnage (including cars, general cargo, iron and steel) came to 6799 tonnes, an increase of 1117 tonnes from May.

The major bulk commodities imported were limestone (184,115 tonnes), petroleum and gas (140,637), and fertilisers (50,535 tonnes).

Grain was the leading exported good (206,009 tonnes). Following were cement/clinker (120,803 tonnes) and iron ore (75,396 tonnes).

There were 26 cellular container vessel calls over the month at Adelaide, up one from May but down on the year to date high of 28, seen in January, March and April.