Port of Melbourne Trade Update – April 23

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Total container throughput (full & empty) in April 2023 were down 3.9% over April 2022 with a total of 246,542 TEU.  Year to date container volumes were down 0.5%.

Full overseas imports were down 4.8% on April 2022 with furniture, miscellaneous manufactures, non-electrical machinery, domestic appliances, clothing and toys & sporting goods below last year’s volumes.

Full overseas exports were down 3.4% on April 2022, with miscellaneous manufactures, pulp & wastepaper, paperboard and packaged beef below last year’s volumes.

Total empty container movements were 5.0% below April 2022.

April 2023 trade performance compared with April 2022 was as follows:

Full overseas container imports (excl. transshipments)-4.8% below April 2022-2.8% below FYTD22
Full overseas container exports (excl. transshipments)-3.4% below April 2022-2.3% below FYTD22
Total empty containers moved-5.0% below April 2022+4.9% above FYTD22
Bass Strait full container trade (excl. transshipments)-7.1% below April 2022-2.4% below FYTD22
Full container transshipments+16.7% above April 2022+6.2% above FYTD22
Dry bulk trade+8.8% above April 2022-0.7% below FYTD22
Break bulk trade-28.2% below April 2022-1.6% below FYTD22
Liquid bulk trade+4.4% above April 2022+6.4% above FYTD22
Motor vehicle imports-11.7% below April 2022 (-4,161 units)

Trade outlook

Container trade for May 2023 is tracking slightly below the comparative month in 2022.