Fremantle Port saw an uptick in containerised cargo throughput in the run-up to the Christmas season, with an almost record-breaking number of containers crossing the wharf in November.
The Port handled 67,832 TEU over the month, according to the latest available data from Fremantle Ports.
This is the highest monthly throughput the port has seen since November 2015 (when it handled 67,868 TEU), and last November’s container trade numbers were significantly more than the average for the past 12 months of 61,268 TEU.
November’s container throughput at the port was a 3% increase on the previous month’s numbers (65,965 TEU) and a 9% increase on November 2016’s container throughput (62,337 TEU).
Delving deeper into the numbers for November 2017, the month’s total exports were reported to be 31,184 TEU, down 6% from October’s 33,116 TEU.
However, imports were the real driver of November’s big numbers, with an almost 12% jump on October’s throughput to 36,648 TEU in November.
Fremantle Ports saw a busy month in December, with near-record numbers of containerised cargo crossing the wharf in the last month of 2017.
Total containerised trade through the port in December was reported to total 67,714 TEU, an increase of more than 7% on the same month in 2016.
December’s throughput was just more than 100 TEU less than the throughput for November 2017, which was a two-year high for the Port.
Of the total, 4885 TEU was coastal trade and 60,831 TEU was overseas trade.
Looking at the numbers from another angle, we see that December’s exports at Freo saw a 7% over November to 33,335 TEU, with imports decreasing 6% over the same period to 34,379 TEU.