Australia airfreight picking up

AUSTRALIA’s airfreight traffic surpassed predictions in December. Exports were 25,000 tonnes, 3,000 tonnes more than the expected 22,000. Imports were 35,000 tonnes, 2,000 more than expected.Exports were still less than in December last year when the country saw an unprecedented export of perishables. However, for the full year, total exports rose 17 per cent to 153,000 tonnes.Maritrade consultancy director, David Bendall, said 2009’s overall increase in exports and imports from January’s low point indicate that “things were getting back to normal”, particularly imports.“Brisbane did well, with meat exports putting in a strong performance,” Bendall said adding that fresh food also remained strong.However, there were significant declines in import of machinery, appliances, clothing, cameras and instruments.

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