Port of Melbourne Trade Update – September 22

Stronger container volumes in September

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Strong volumes have been seen in September as peak season continues.

September 2022 saw total container throughput (full and empty) up 8.2% over September 2021 with a total of 287,350 TEU.  Year to date container volumes are up 7.3%.

Full overseas imports were up 10.8% on 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% 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% above September 2021.

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

Full overseas container imports (excl. transshipments)10.8% above September 2021

9.4% above FYTD22

Full overseas container exports (excl. transshipments)8.7% above September 20214.2% above FYTD22
Total empty containers moved4.3% above September 20219.9% above FYTD22
Bass Strait full container trade (excl. transshipments)4.8% below September 20212.0% below FYTD22
Full container transshipments30.7% above September 20218.2% above FYTD22
Dry bulk trade22.3% below September 20213.6% below FYTD22
Break bulk trade28.7% above September 202125.5% above FYTD22
Liquid bulk trade13.2% above September 202112.1% above FYTD22
Motor vehicle imports

71.5% above September 2021

Trade outlook

Container trade for early October 2022 is tracking above the comparative month in 2021.

Supply chain

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.

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.  Locally the supply chain remains resilient and we continue to monitor the situation throughout the peak season.

Please call your Port of Melbourne contact or email us at information@portofmelbourne.com if you have any queries.