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Melbourne Q1 boxes up 1.09pc, leading otherwise flat Aussie result

THE Port of Melbourne increased its first quarter international container throughput 1

Melbourne Q1 boxes up 1.09pc, leading otherwise flat Aussie result

THE Port of Melbourne increased its first quarter international container throughput 1

15 May 2019 - 19:00

THE Port of Melbourne increased its first quarter international container throughput 1.09 per cent year on year to 644,715 TEU.

But overall Australian ports' year-on-year first quarter performance was flat at 1.94 million TEU, with Melbourne, the country's biggest port, handling 299,254 TEU of laden imports and 165,444 TEU of laden exports.



Sydney's Port Botany quarterly throughput fell 1.26 per cent to 629,873 TEU with more laden boxes entering Australia via Sydney while more laden boxes left Melbourne, noted New York's FreightWaves.



Port Botany volumes of non-metallic minerals, miscellaneous manufactured articles, textiles, fabrics, wood and wooden articles declined.



Brisbane, Adelaide and Fremantle handled 305,837 TEU of laden imports and 215,875 TEU of full laden exports.



The top three container throughputs were Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Together they accounted for 80 per cent of the country's volume.



Brisbane's first quarter volume fell 6.59 per cent to 21,000 TEU. In Western Australia, the Port of Fremantle's throughput fell in the four months of December to March.


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