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Chapter 1

Overview

In 2008–09, 938.0 million tonnes of cargo was handled by Australian ports. This represented

a 3.2 per cent increase on 2007–08. Exports, imports, loaded domestic cargo, and unloaded

domestic cargo accounted for 80.3 per cent, 8.7 per cent, 5.5 per cent and 5.5 per cent of total

cargo movements respectively.

International sea freight

In 2008–09, Australia ports handled 834.8 million tonnes of international cargo (Table 1.1).

Exports increased by 6.5 per cent by weight and 29.9 per cent by value compared with

2007–08. There was a decrease of 3.5 per cent in the weight of imports, while the total value

of imports increased 6.6 per cent. The differences between weight and value figures are due

to shifts in commodity prices, and to changes in the relative proportions of commodities

imported to Australia between 2007–08 and 2008–09.

T1.1 Summary of international sea freight, 10 years to 2008–09

Financial year Value Weight

Exports Imports Total Exports Imports Total

($ billions) (million tonnes)

Previously reported a

1999–00 78.2 76.5 154.6 462.0 56.7 518.7

2000–01 99.4 83.0 182.3 495.0 55.0 550.0

2001–02 99.5 85.2 184.7 501.0 57.8 558.7

2002–03 93.4 94.9 188.4 529.4 62.2 591.6

2003–04 89.3 93.5 182.8 558.3 64.2 622.5

2004–05 106.3 108.9 215.3 610.6 69.9 680.6

2005–06 128.5 120.5 249.0 624.5 71.5 696.0

2006–07 142.4 133.0 275.4 656.2 77.5 733.7

2007–08 152.5 150.8 303.4 705.8 83.8 789.6

2008–09 Data not available b Data not available b

Revised scope

2005–06 130.9 122.2 253.1 626.4 72.7 699.1

2006–07 144.4 135.7 280.2 657.1 77.8 734.9

2007–08 155.7 155.7 311.4 706.9 84.6 791.5

2008–09 202.3 166.0 368.3 753.2 81.6 834.8

Source: ABS 2010.

Note: The scope of data supplied to BITRE and the methodology used to compile it by ABS has been revised. Three

years of historical data are provided on the revised scope for comparative purposes. See explanatory notes for

further details on this change.

a Previously reported figures are included for comparative purposes.

b Data for 2008–09 is only available on the revised scope.

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