Port of Melbourne has enjoyed strong box volumes through September as peak season continues.
September 2022 saw total container throughput (full and empty) up 8.2 per cent over September 2021 with a total of 287,350 TEU.
Year to date container volumes are up 7.3 per cent.
Full overseas imports were up 10.8 per cent in September 2021 with strong trade flowing into peak season, with domestic appliances, non-electrical machinery, textiles, metal manufactures, toys, sporting goods and transport equipment all above last year’s volumes.
Full overseas exports were up 8.7 per cent on September 2021, with wheat, cottonseed, raw cotton, nuts (almonds), malt and rice all above last year’s levels.
Total empty container movements were 4.3 per cent above September 2021.
Container trade for early October 2022 is tracking above the comparative month in 2021.
“Globally, congestion and some delays remain, however schedule reliability continues to improve. Container freight rates continued to decline throughout September, although still remaining above pre-pandemic levels,” Melbourne wrote in its statement.
Trade volumes to Australia remain strong as peak season continues, with some vessel congestion still being seen at several ports impacted by severe weather events.