Port of Melbourne Trade Update – June 2023

June 2023 container volumes decrease on the prior year

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Total container throughput (full & empty) in June 2023 were down 5.2% over June 2022 with a total of 258,073 TEU.  Year to date container volumes were down 1.4%.

Full overseas imports were down 6.2% on June 2022 with furniture, domestic appliances, clothing, paperboards and raw plastics below last year’s volumes.

Full overseas exports were down 7.7% on June 2022, with hay, chaff & fodder below last year’s volumes.

Total empty container movements were 10.5% below June 2022.

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

Full overseas container imports (excl. transshipments)

-6.2% below June 2022

-3.9% below FYTD22

Full overseas container exports (excl. transshipments)-7.7% above June 2022-4.1% above FYTD22
Total empty containers-10.5% above June 2022-3.7% above FYTD22
Bass Strait full container trade (excl. transshipments)-6.6% below June 2022-2.9% below FYTD22
Full container transshipments+42.5% above June 2022+12.3% above FYTD22
Dry bulk trade+19.7% above June 2022+1.3% below FYTD22
Break bulk trade-20.7% below June 2022-5.4% below FYTD22
Liquid bulk trade-23.4% above June 2022+5.1% above FYTD22
Motor vehicle imports+3.3% above June 2022 (+1,028 units)+13.4% above FYTD22

Trade outlook

Container trade for July 2023 is currently tracking above the comparative month in 2022.