Port of Adelaide experienced its highest level of container throughput since January this year, according to the latest trade statistics available from Flinders Ports.

Port of Adelaide’s throughput of full containers for June 2019 came to 28,997 TEU, an 11% increase on May’s throughput, and up 9% on June 2018. This increase was largely due to the port’s export throughput of 16,182 TEU. This figure was a 19%, or 2581 TEU, increase on May, thanks to a large 50% increase in wine and vermouth exports, an additional 382 TEU of oranges being exported and a bump up in the number of transhipment containers (166 TEU).

Port of Adelaide’s container throughput Jan-Jun 2019. Source Flinders Ports

Looking at the empties trade last month, a total of 8288 TEU of empty containers crossed the Adelaide wharf, of which 5690 TEU was imported, and 2598 TEU was exported. Almost three quarters of the port’s exported empties went to Singapore (1916 TEU) with Malaysia a distant second (1914 TEU). Nearly all of the port’s imports of empties came from Australian ports (4664 TEU).


Turning to break-bulk, Flinders Ports reported 4048 cars imported into Adelaide over the month, which came to 7253 tonnes. This was done on May’s numbers by 535 and 837 respectively.

Major bulk commodities that were imported include petroleum and gas (226,485 tonnes), limestone (168,470) and general cargo (27,519). Exports were led by cement/ clinker (96,695 tonnes), vegetables, legumes and oilseeds (38,499) and scrap metal (28,308).

Port Adelaide bulk/breakbulk imports (by tonne) – June 2019. Source Flinders Ports

There were 39 cellular container vessel calls over the month at Adelaide, up by two on the previous month, and the highest number year to date.