TOP 5 of the Busiest Ports in Australia and New Zealand for Imports and Exports

Australia and New Zealand, which primarily make up the Oceania region, engage in trade regularly through imports and exports. The evolution of technology, infrastructure coupled with globalisation has made worldwide trade more rampant than the past century. In fact, according to, the previous century did not see so much of trade volume as compared to today. The trade volume in today’s day and age can be seen at about 50 percent, this is when it is  compared to the entire global GDP for imports as well as exports.  Therefore, it can be clearly said that trade in this period of time is far more significant than those of  the previous decades and centuries. The countries in the region are also increasing its imports and exports all around the world. As such, in this article, Kargo would be covering the Top 5 of the busiest ports in Australia and New Zealand.  To see other Top 5 ports in Asia, Europe, United States and Canada, South America as well as Africa, click here.

Number Five: Port of Auckland ,  New Zealand

The Port of Auckland is based in New Zealand. It is said to be the second busiest port in New Zealand . As of 2016, the Port of Auckland has handled more than 900,000 twenty foot containers. It currently handles items such as fruits, cars, grains etc.

Number Four: Port of Tauranga, New Zealand

The Port of Tauraga is currently the busiest port in the whole of New Zealand, where it handles more than 950,000 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units. The Port was founded in the 19 century and handles mainly oil products and chemicals.

Number Three: Port of Brisbane, Australia

Said to be the fastest growing port in Australia, the Port of Brisbane handles more than 28 million tonnes of cargo each year. Crude oil is mostly imported at the Port of Brisbane. However, it also handles many other goods such as liquid goods, fertilisers as well as motor vehicles among many others. Like  many other Australian ports, it exports Coal, refined oils, grains and many more.

Number Two: Port of Sydney, Australia

The second largest port in Australia, the port of Sydney is also referred to as the Port of Botany. It was said to have started operations in 1811 and today, the port is controlled and owned by the Port Authority of New South Wales. The Port Authority manages the daily operations as well as its growth and development.

Number One: Port of Melbourne, Australia

The port of Melbourne is the busiest port in Australia. It has a rich 180 year history where it became the first Australian port to handle two million twenty foot equivalent containers each year. Today, the Port of Melbourne remains as Australia’s (and the region’s) busiest port by handling more than 2.5 million containers annually.


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