3 Aug 2022

The Port of Mackay has celebrated a new trade record for 2021/22, weathering supply chain disruptions and the pandemic.

The news was announced Wednesday 3 August by Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick in Mackay.

The Port of Mackay recorded 3.6 million throughput tonnes, breaking the 2012-13 record of 3.3 million tonnes and a 12.7 per cent increase on the previous year (2021/22: 3.6 million tonnes; 2020/21: 3.2 million tonnes).

North Queensland Bulk Ports CEO Nicolas Fertin said the record year was built on a combination of high sugar and grain exports and strong fuel trade.

“For petroleum, it was a record high year and a 19 per cent increase on the previous financial year (2021/22:1.84 million tonnes; 2020/21: 1.55 million tonnes),” Mr Fertin said.

“Sugar was the port’s second-largest trade at 978,000 tonnes. Grain trade saw a four-fold increase from around 60,000 to 300,000 tonnes.

“We’ve kept trade flowing safely and efficiently through Mackay during a difficult time for markets globally.

“This could only be achieved with the support and commitment of our people, port partners, customers and port communities.”

Mr Fertin said the resilience of NQBP’s overall trade over the past 12 months, demonstrated the criticality of Queensland trades to the overseas food, steel and power industries.

NQBP is a Queensland Government-owned corporation also responsible for the strategic ports of Abbot Point, Hay Point and Weipa in far north Queensland. NQBP throughput figures.

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North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation contact:

Amanda Blines | Senior Advisor Brand and Communications
07 4969 0744 | ablines@nqbp.com.au