Road and rail networks and nearby airports link the Port Botany commercial area to Sydney and international and domestic trade routes. Port Botany houses two container terminals as well as a bulk liquids facility and storage/distribution complex.
Port Botany anticipates a tripling of container traffic through the port in the coming years. Expansions are underway at Port Botany to add 60 hectares of terminal area that will help meet increasing demands for imports of containerized cargo and house Sydney’s third stevedore.
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Sydney Ports Corporation manages Port Botany, and Port Botany facilities handle about 70% of Sydney Ports Corporations total trade throughput. The facilities at Port Botany include two container terminals with six berths for container vessels and a bulk liquids berth. The channel leading to the 205-hectare Port Botany area is 213 meters wide with a minimum depth of 15 meters. The swinging basin at Brotherson Dock is dredged to 14.4 meters.
In 2007/2008, most of the 14.1 million tons of containerized cargo handled by Sydney Ports Corporation passed through Port Botany. Just over half of these containers were imports, representing mover 887 thousand TEUs. Some of the leading countries of original for these imports included China, United States, New Zealand, Singapore, Germany, Japan, and Italy. Container exports reached 385 thousand TEUs in the same period. Primary destination countries include New Zealand, China, Indonesia, Japan, United Sates, Thailand, Singapore, India, and Korea. East Asia was Port Botany’s leading source of containerized commodity imports, and Ocean (including other Australian ports) was the largest region for container exports.