Port Botany container trade up 5.6pc

Container trade on the rise at Port Botany, as Sydney Ports claims truck turnaround times are improving

June 3, 2011

Port Botany’s container trade is up by 5.6 percent in April compared to the same time last year.

A total of 162,205 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of containers passed through the port in April, Sydney Ports CEO Grant Gilfillan says, with container volumes maintaining their strength throughout the 2010-11 financial year.

"It is important to note while Port Botany’s container trade has been buoyed by higher imports due to the surging Australian dollar, a solid trading performance by the state’s regional and rural export sector has also contributed to the result," he says.

"Total container trade through Port Botany reached 1.693 million TEU for the financial year to date (July 1, 2010 to April 30, 2011) representing an increase of 5.7 percent on the same period last year.

"These figures show that on an annualised basis, Port Botany’s container trade volumes are forecast to reach over two million TEU for the first time."

Full containerised exports reached 37,328 TEU in April, which is an increase of 1.6 percent compared to the same time last year.

The total trade for the financial year to date is approximately 24.8 million mass tonnes – an increase of 6.9 percent from last year.

The primary drivers of growth in full containerised exports for April were chemicals and machinery and transport equipment as well as motor vehicle parts and accessories.

Cereals, such as wheat from regional NSW, grew by more than 14 percent.
Full containerised import for April has reached 84,522 TEU – almost 9 percent up from last year.

The key commodities for April were machinery and transport equipment, miscellaneous manufacturers, chemicals and paper products, which all present over 64 percent of total containerised imports.

Full containerised exports for the financial year is up by 4.9 percent.

The majority of containerised imports were sourced from East Asia and South Asia, totalling over 62 percent of total container imports through Port Botany.

Gilfillan says Sydney Ports’ expansion of Port Botany will double its capacity to meet projected long-term growth.

He claims the new Port Botany Landside Improvement Strategy (PBLIS) has led to average truck turnaround times of 30 minutes.

Under PBLIS, stevedores must compensate trucking operators for waiting times and slot cancellations.

"This is well below the 50 plus minute averages that were being experienced prior to penalty implementation and it is expected that the new performance management scheme will ensure this measure will remain under the benchmark of 50 minutes as container volumes continue to grow," Gilfillan says.

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