PORT of Adelaide experienced its slowest month of container throughput since March this year, according to the latest trade statistics available from Flinders Ports.

The port’s throughput of full containers for July 2019 came to 25,519 TEU, a 12% drop from June’s throughput, and 4% down on July 2018.

Both imports and exports dropped from June’s figures; the former by 9% (to 11,676 TEU) and the latter by 14% (to 13,843 TEU).


Looking at the empties trade last month, 7407 TEU of empty containers crossed the Adelaide wharf, of which 4807 TEU was imported, and 2600 TEU was exported. Singapore was once again the destination for almost three quarters of the port’s exported empties (1946 TEU).

Of the remaining 25%, Malaysia was the most common destination (265 TEU). A massive 95% of the port’s imports empties came from Australian ports (4496 TEU).

Turning to break-bulk, Flinders Ports reported 4323 cars imported into Adelaide over the month, an increase of 37 units on June. The total tonnage came to 7489 tonnes, a drop of 49 tonnes from June.

Major bulk commodities that were imported include petroleum and gas (204,492 tonnes), limestone (173,059 tonnes) and general cargo (27,769 tonnes). Grain was the leading exported good (291,812 tonnes).

Well back were cement/clinker (75,041 tonnes) and mineral sands (52,999). There were 36 cellular container vessel calls over the month at Adelaide, down on June’s yearly high of 39 vessels.