Port of Melbourne container traffic declines in July

Container Terminal, City Port, Melbourne, Australia

The Port of Melbourne has reported that overall container traffic, both full and empty, was lower in July 2023 compared to the previous year.

According to the Port of Melbourne, full container imports (excluding Bass Strait) volumes were down in July 2023 against July 2022, particularly with domestic appliances, furniture and toys falling short of last year’s quantities.

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Furthermore, full container exports (excluding Bass Strait) volumes were lower than in July 2022, with hay, chaff & fodder, and raw cotton below last year’s volumes.

The Port of Melbourne also reported that total empty container movements were down in July 2023 against last year’s volumes.

© Port of Melbourne

In April 2023, the Port of Melbourne reported a total container throughput of 246,542 TEU.

Two months later, International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) announced that the project to accommodate larger ships at the Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) at the Port of Melbourne is on schedule to be operational by 2024.

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