Port of Melbourne Trade Update – December 22

December container volumes decrease on the prior year

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Total container throughput (full & empty) in December 2022 were down 5.2% over December 2021 with a total of 261,334 TEU.  Year to date container volumes were 4.2%.

Full overseas exports were down 4.3% on December 2021, with hay & fodder, wine, dried milk all below last year’s levels.

Full overseas imports were down 10.5% on December 2021 with furniture, metal manufactures, domestic appliances, misc. food preparations, paperboard, toys & sports goods, electrical machinery all below last year’s volumes.

Total empty container movements were 2.1% below December 2021.

December 2022 trade performance compared with December 2021 was as follows:

Full overseas container imports (excl. transshipments)10.5% below December 20212.5% above FYTD22
Full overseas container exports (excl. transshipments)4.3% below December 20210.7% above FYTD22
Total empty containers moved2.1% below December 202111.6% above FYTD22
Bass Strait full container trade (excl. transshipments)4.5% below December 20212.5% below FYTD22
Full container transshipments15.5% above December 20218.8% above FYTD22
Dry bulk trade33.6% above December 20210.5% below FYTD22
Break bulk trade28.4% below December 20219.7% above FYTD22
Liquid bulk trade8.3% below December 20214.7% above FYTD22
Motor vehicle imports7.7% above December 2021(+2,436 units)

Trade outlook

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