Author: Alison May – Talent Consultant, Global Supply Chain and Logistics

Melbourne has one of the largest shipping ports within Australia. Not only do these Shipping Ports create an accessible gateway for International Freight to come in and out of the country, it also provides thousands of Australian Jobs within the complex industries of: Supply Chain and Logistics, Shipping and Domestic Transport and Distribution.

The Port of Melbourne is one of the largest container and general cargo port in Australia, therefore the Freight movement figures in and out of this Port are some of the largest recorded in Australia, Here is a snap shot of the statistics:

  • The Port of Melbourne handles a total of 37% of the total containers Imported and Exported within Australia. That is equivalent to 2.6 million containers annually.
  • Melbourne Ports process the largest tonnage of coffee in the whole of Australia – which totals 3 million cups of coffee each day!
  • The annual revenue produced by Melbourne Ports is estimated around $80 Billion.
  • Melbourne Shipping Port attracts 3400 commercial ship visits annually
  • The Port produces over 17,000 job annually within specialised supply Chain and  Logistics Sectors

Victoria has a total of 4 major Ports:

  • Port of Melbourne
  • Port of Geelong
  • Port of Hastings
  • Port of Portland

All of these Ports are responsible for making Victoria a very successful International Freight Gateway. Each one of these shipping Ports are leading Australia in the research and implementation of sustainable vessel operation and decreasing carbon emissions.

As the ports get smarter in their operation, The Victorian Freight Forwarders, shipping lines and domestic transport organisations are adapting their operations to ensure they comply with the Ports rules and regulations. It’s shift that’s making Australia a very streamlined and environmentally friendly Freight Operation