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Chapter 2

International sea freight

The expansion of Australia’s international maritime trade continued in 2008–09. Total

international sea freight to and from Australia increased 18.3 per cent by value and 5.5 per

cent by weight compared to 2007–08. International exports increased in value and weight by

30.0 per cent and 6.5 per cent respectively. International imports by sea increased 6.6 per cent

in value, but decreased 3.6 per cent in weight.

Handling of Australia’s international sea freight by

Australian ports

In 2008–09, Western Australia continued to record the largest volume and value of exports

(Table 2.1). Queensland received the largest volume of imports by weight and New South

Wales received the most imports in terms of value. This was unchanged from 2007–08.

T2.1 Australia's international sea freight by Australian state and territory of origin

and final destination, 2008–09

State/territory Value Weight

Imports Exports Imports Exports

($ thousands) (tonnes)

New South Wales 49 624 590 33 512 273 18 079 789 114 911 676

Victoria 48 193 732 16 754 053 17 440 748 10 314 777

Queensland 28 976 484 55 450 605 20 214 731 184 678 071

South Australia 6 171 809 8 730 299 3 074 259 12 470 461

Western Australia 26 984 267 67 948 086 14 596 382 408 401 787

Tasmania 972 148 3 189 457 707 943 6 776 987

Northern Territory 5 082 291 6 065 129 7 514 782 11 550 244

Australian Capital Territory 2 713 1 350 391 104

State Confidential a 0 797 350 0 2 091 116

Foreign Origin b 9 886 913 1 981 657

Total 166 008 033 202 335 514 81 629 026 753 176 880

a State confidential refers to situations where ABS concludes that indicating a state of origin or destination for

cargo may lead to disclosure of commercially sensitive information.

b Foreign origin refers to cargo where without an Australian origin. Most of this category refers to transhipped

cargo.

Note: Blank cells mean no data was recorded for this category, while cells with an entry of 0 mean that data was

recorded but rounded to zero.

Source: ABS 2010.

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