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Container trade strong

CONTAINER trade through Fremantle Port is maintaining strong growth.

At the end of April, container trade was up 4.6 per cent on the same time last year.

The coastal container trade, which has been an area of significant growth in recent years, was up 7 per cent on the 1998-99 figure to the end of April.

Fremantle Port Authority CEO Kerry Sanderson said the port’s container trade had grown 130 per cent since 1990-91.

Latest trade statistics show containerised exports are expected to increase significantly.

Products tipped to help the anticipated rise include animal feeds, fresh fruit and vegetables, wool, scrap metals, nickel matte and concentrates, non-ferrous metals, mineral sands and dairy products.

Two new container shipping services have recently been introduced at Fremantle Port.

The MSC Capricorn service is a three weekly service from Fremantle to Djakarta, Singapore, Hong Kong and return.

The other new service is the fortnightly APL shuttle service from Fremantle to Singapore.

Ironically, shipping containers were widely condemned by seafarers when they made their debut in the 1960s.

Containers were thought to be a fad that would never take off.

However, containers are now one of the easiest ways to transport cargo.

Bulk exports to record significant increases to the end of April were lupins which jumped 109 per cent, canola seed up 244 per cent and mineral sands which increased by 27 per cent.

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