March 2023 container volumes decrease on the prior year
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Total container throughput (full & empty) in March 2023 were down 2.3% over March 2022 with a total of 267,294 TEU. Year to date container volumes were down 0.2%.
Full overseas imports were up 2.66% on March 2022 with clothing, paperboard and electrical machinery all above last year’s volumes and miscellaneous manufactures, furniture and domestic appliances below last year’s volumes.
Full overseas exports were down 1.83% on March 2022, with paperboard, hay & fodder and wine all below last year’s volume.
Total empty container movements were 4.5% above March 2022.
March 2023 trade performance compared with March 2022 was as follows:
|Full overseas container imports (excl. transshipments)||+2.66% above March 2022||-2.56% below FYTD22|
|Full overseas container exports (excl. transshipments)||-1.83% below March 2022||-2.21% below FYTD22|
|Total empty containers moved||+4.5% above March 2022||+6.0% above FYTD22|
|Bass Strait full container trade (excl. transshipments)||-1.67% below March 2022||-1.9% below FYTD22|
|Full container transshipments||-40.3% below March 2022||+5.2% above FYTD22|
|Dry bulk trade||+8.7% above March 2022||-1.8% below FYTD22|
|Break bulk trade||+25.8% above March 2022||+1.9% above FYTD22|
|Liquid bulk trade||+22.9% above March 2022||+6.6% above FYTD22|
|Motor vehicle imports|
-2.6% below March 2022 (-870 units)
Container trade for April 2023 is tracking above the comparative month in 2022.