February 21, 2019
Big things are happening for logistics in Western Australia, as the Fremantle Ports have recently reported significant levels of growth. Over the past year they reached a new milestone, with 9.47% growth for container traffic from international shipping. This isn’t all the Fremantle Ports have to be excited about, as business is booming and not looking to slow down any time soon.
About the Fremantle Ports
There are two harbours in Fremantle, and each has their own unique purpose and capabilities. The inner harbour was established back in 1897 and mainly deals with containers. This is the biggest general port in the state, and one of the biggest container ports in the country. The Kwinana outer harbour opened in 1955 and is more focused on loose, bulk items. Due to its location and functionality, this port is mostly used for industrial purposes.
The Figures Don’t Lie
With growth reaching almost 10% ,the records show a total number of 788,920 containers for 2018, which was a combination of both imported and exported boxes. Looking back to 2017, this number was much lower at 720,514. As you can see, that is a huge amount of new boxes! Each month on average there has been 65,743 boxes coming through the ports.
Incoming and Outgoing
Importing and exporting both performed well. With 401,645 imported boxes, this signalled a rise of 5.1%, and is an average of 33,740 containers coming in each month. Compare this to the exporting tally which saw 14.46% of growth with its 387,275 containers, which is about 32,273 boxes exported per month. It is a great time for logistics in WA, as 28.45 billion AUD dollars’ worth of goods passed through the Fremantle Ports during the last financial year.
But, What is Inside?
You may be surprised to learn that some of the world’s big players such as the US didn’t make the top three countries which traded through these ports. China is by far the top partner and were attributed to 171,428 shipping containers in 2018. Second on the list was the national partners, with goods coming and going from other areas of Australia. Third on the list was Japan. The highest number of imported goods which came through the Fremantle Ports were metal, furniture and chemicals. The number one item to be exported was hay, chaff and stock feed, followed by waste paper and scrap metals.
Modes of Transport
Each day there are just over 2000 trucks which visit the ports, which is in alignment with the reported growth. However, this number isn’t as high as it was back in 2014. This is likely due to an increase in vehicle efficiency, as well as railway extensions taking the pressure off, and acting as an cost effective alternative to road vehicles.
Positive Implications for WA
Logistics is a growing industry, and the figures released from the Fremantle ports is a positive step forward for Western Australia. What is good for the economy is good for jobs, and if the increases seen over 2018 is anything to go by, 2019 is set to be a big one!