PORT of Melbourne reported a decrease in container volumes in November 2023 compared with the same month in 2022.

The port handled a total of 243,213 TEU in November, which was an 7.7% decrease on TEU handled in November 2022.

Full container imports (excluding Bass Strait) volumes in November 2023 were 8.6% against the same month in the previous year.

Furniture, metal manufactures, domestic appliances and non-electrical machinery imports were all below 2022 volumes.

Full container exports (excluding Bass Strait) volumes were down 2.3% against November 2022, with wheat, hay, chaff and fodder and pulp and wastepaper below the previous year’s volumes.

Total empty container movements were also down in November 2023 against the prior year’s volumes.

Full Bass Strait trade volumes decreased by 2% and full transhipments increased 2.9%.

And in the non-container trades, motor vehicle movements decreased 9% in November 2023, the dry bulk trade decreased 11.6%, liquid bulk was up 17.3% and break bulk was up 0.6%.