Port of Brisbane News July 2021

Wednesday, July 21, 2021




Welcome to this month's edition of Port News. 

Like all of you, we are closely watching developments in Queensland's latest COVID-19 outbreak and will continue to follow the advice of all government health directives.

As we close out the financial year, our Trade Development team has provided a snapshot of trends over the past 12 months for some of our commodities, in what has been a largely positive year for trade through the Port. 

In other news, we were delighted to co-host a visit by almost 300 travel agents to the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal last month, welcoming these key stakeholders to the facility.  We look forward to welcoming the community to the new cruise terminal once cruising can safely resume in Queensland.

If you would like more information about anything in this edition of Port of Brisbane News, please contact us.


Over the last 12 months, year-on-year trade volumes for some commodities through the Port continued to improve, reflecting broader economic trends. 

Import full containers increased significantly in FY21, with general household consumables, building products and electrical items recovering
 after the COVID disruptions last year, aided by government stimulus, improved consumer confidence and general economic recovery.

Export full containers finished below last year's volumes, with log exports heavily impacted by global trade tensions. Beef exports were also down as graziers restock their cattle following the prolonged drought, which is necessary to sustain the industry. Agricultural seed exports increased due to improved weather conditions and we're pleased to see the return of cereal and grain exports through the Port. 

In the import non-container sector, new motor vehicle imports increased, as did cement imports, again due to government stimulus and economic recovery.

To find out more about trade through the Port, please refer to our
 monthly trade reports.


Last month PBPL, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Transport and Logistics Council, and transport carriers came together for a roundtable to discuss Over Size Over Mass (OSOM) vehicles and High Productivity Vehicles (HPVs).

The roundtable enabled stakeholders to discuss operational and regulatory issues in relation to permits and access to the road network, with the group to reconvene in six months.

To find out more about pre-approvals for access to Port of Brisbane roads for OSOM vehicles,
 please click here.

If you are a transport operator and would like more information, please contact Andrew Rankine


In early June, we co-hosted an event with Carnival Australia to welcome almost 300 of its travel agent partners to the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal (BICT).

Guests received an update from each of Carnival Australia's brands and enjoyed a tour of the facility, following the typical journey of embarking and disembarking passengers.

Feedback received was overwhelmingly positive and we were delighted to help support the cruise industry which continues to face a 'pause' in operations due to COVID. It is clear the BICT will play a vital role in the industry's recovery once cruising can safely resume in Queensland.

If you missed it, you can see what guests thought of the BICT
 in this video or visit our website.


A fantastic effort by PBPL employees over the last 12 months has helped raise $31,236 for our 2020/21 Employee Charity, Friends with Dignity.

Our teams got behind a range of fundraising initiatives including scrap metal recycling by our team at the Operations Base and participating in the Containers for Change program.

We'd also like to thank the wider port community for buying up big at our fortnightly sausage sizzles, participating in the inaugural Fort to Port Fun Run, and for participating in our annual Pulse Check Survey – these funds also go to Friends with Dignity. Funds raised by our employees and the stakeholder survey was matched by PBPL.

For more information, please visit
 Friends with Dignity or our website.


On 17 June, the PA Research Foundation kicked off its Mandate campaign with a breakfast at the Regatta Hotel to encourage men to take ownership of their health and rally together to support prostate cancer research. 

PBPL has been a long-time supporter of the PA Research Foundation and is proud to get behind the campaign to help raise money for better diagnostics and treatments for prostate cancer. For more information or to make a donation, please 
click here.

This year's Safety 1 Forum will be held on Wednesday 25 August. Keep an eye out for the speaker line-up and program soon to be announced and mark this date in your diary.


Over recent weeks there has been an increasing amount of litter on Fisherman Island, on both private sites and in common areas.

PBPL would like to ask all customers, service providers and visitors to the Port of Brisbane to help by ensuring all sites are kept free of litter. Please ensure appropriate rubbish and recycling facilities are provided within operational sites and ensure these are serviced regularly. 

Please contact our Environment Team for more information.


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