Celebrating 10 Million Tonnes Exported

The Port of Burnie is one of Tasmania's key deep-water ports, supporting a variety of industries. This month, the port celebrated an impressive milestone.


29 November 2022

In November 2022, TasPorts celebrated an impressive milestone with 10 million tonnes of woodchips exported through the Burnie Chip Export Terminal (BCET) facility since TasPorts acquired ownership in 2014.

Owned and operated by TasPorts, a key feature of the Port of Burnie is the Burnie Chip Export Terminal, known locally as BCET.

TasPorts commenced operations in February 2014, and since that time have invested more than $14.5 million in the facility's infrastructure and assets. This includes the purchase of two CAT D9T dozers to support stockpile grooming and ship loading operations.

Find out more about the Port of Burnie and TasPorts' Burnie Gateway initiative.

In recent weeks, we have celebrated and recognised this great achievement with all the hard-working team at BCET, along with the operations contract support team and our North-West operations and maintenance teams.

Port of Burnie

Established in 1827, the Port of Burnie in the State's north-west, is one of Tasmania's key deep-water ports and the State's largest general cargo port.

Each year more than five million tonnes of general freight, including almost half of Tasmania's containerised freight, transit the port.

Key industry activities include:

Forestry: The Port is a critical gateway for the movement of forestry products from northern Tasmania.

Bulk mineral exports: The Port currently supports strong bulk minerals export volumes to both domestic and international markets. The minerals industry in Tasmania is experiencing significant growth, as new Tasmanian companies seek to complete planning, logistics, supply chain and market reviews.

Container import/export: The Port supports significant container volumes for the benefit of Tasmania. As an island state, container trade is vital to Tasmania's economy, for both imports and exports.

In addition, tourism is emerging as a growth sector for the Port.