MORE than two million tonnes of trade have passed through the Port of Mackay in the past seven months, surpassing throughput in the same period from the previous financial year. 

The port has racked up 2.2 million tonnes on cargo compared to the 2.07 million tonnes that passed through at the same time last year.  

The top three traded commodities were petroleum (1.11 million tonnes), sugar (636,196 tonnes) and grain (223,221 tonnes). 

North Queensland Bulk Ports CEO Brendan Webb said the port was a connection between regional Queensland and the trading links to countries in Asia as well as New Zealand and North America.  

“The strong trade performance at the Port of Mackay reflects its pivotal role as a leading service centre for agricultural and mining industries,” Mr Webb said 

NQBP said Port of Mackay would also play its part in supporting the Queensland government’s jobs and energy plan. 

“As a publicly owned multi-commodity port, Mackay can play a role supporting the energy transformation underway through the importation of renewable energy infrastructure,” Mr Webb said. 

“The Port of Mackay can also help with the decarbonisation of the industrial supply chain by moving break bulk and containerised cargo away from long-distance road travel.” 

The Port of Mackay is one of four NQBP ports and is responsible for around half of Queensland’s trade by tonnage.