CONTAINER throughput at Port Adelaide was at a nadir in September, according to the latest available trade statistics from Flinders Ports.

Port Adelaide’s full container throughput in September was 20,096 TEU, the lowest monthly full container throughput at the port since Flinders Ports started reporting monthly TEU throughput more than five years ago in July 2016. The average monthly container throughput for the past five years at the port is 26,722 TEU.

Last month’s total full containers throughput at Adelaide was a decrease of 37% on the same month last year, which saw a record 32,122 TEU cross the wharves.

September 2021’s throughput was also significantly lower than August 2021. Last month’s throughput was a 24% decrease on August’s throughput.


Both full imports and full exports were down in September. Compared with August, last month’s imports were down 33% to 9030 TEU and exports were down 15% to 11,066 TEU.

Container vessel calls were also down in September. Seventeen cellular containerships visited the port over the month, down from 25 in August, 22 in both June and July, 26 in April and 21 in March.

Turning to empty containers, we see throughput at a high for this calendar year. Last month Adelaide handled 6566 TEU in empties (2871 TEU imported and 3695 TEU exported). This is an increase of 30% on the previous month’s total empty throughput.