MONTHLY container trade at the Port of Melbourne has increased again; the port has reported an 11.7% increase in April 2024.

The port handled 277,000 TEU last month. Full imports were up 7.9% against figures posted in April last year, and full exports were up 8.8% for the same reporting period.

Imports of furniture, domestic appliances, non-electrical machinery and paperboard were all above last year’s volumes. Exports of hay, chaff and fodder, barley and meats were also above last year’s volumes.

Bass Strait trade figures were up 12.8% in April this year, and the empty container trade rose 25.9%.

Conversely, full transhipments for April 2024 were down 19%.

In the non-container trades, motor vehicle units were up 25.2% against units handled in April 2023, and the liquid bulk trade was up 10.2%.

The dry bulk trade decreased 10.9% year-on-year and break-bulk trade decreased 34.4% for the same period.

Other non-container trades were up 22.7% in April 2024 compared with the previous year.