Pilbara ports see major import rate increase, iron exports consistent

The Port of Dampier.

Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) has released its April shipping figures for its ports in the Pilbara region, Western Australia, which delivered throughput of 59.1 million tonnes (Mt) for the month, a seven per cent year-over-year (YoY) increase.

The Port of Port Hedland achieved most of this, with a throughput of 43.7Mt for April, a minor YoY increase of 2 per cent, while the Port of Dampier achieved a 15.2Mt throughput, a smaller amount but a much larger YoY increase of 25 per cent.

Iron ore exports from Port Hedland remained consistent, up 1 per cent from April 2017 figures to 42.6Mt.

Imports saw the biggest YoY boosts in April; the Port of Port Hedland saw imports totalling 115,000t, an 18 per cent increase from April 2017, while the Port of Dampier exceeded this figure with 128,000t, a large YoY increase of 66 per cent.

In January this year, PPA announced that it had achieved a record monthly throughput of 63.8Mt for December 2017, including a monthly iron ore export record of 60.1Mt.

Additionally, both the Port of Port Hedland and Port of Dampier achieved monthly records in December 2017 of 47.1Mt and 16.7Mt, respectively.

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