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BITRE • Australian sea freight 2008–09

T2.4 Australia’s top 20 maritime trading partners, 2008–09

Rank Country of origin Imports Country of final destination Exports

Value Weight Value Weight

($ thousands) (tonnes) ($ thousands) (tonnes)

1 China a 32 644 159 7 548 191 Japan 52 177 839 206 890 022

2 Japan 16 739 434 6 758 203 China a 40 419 575 290 901 607

3 United States of America 15 222 794 3 386 454 Korea, Republic of 18 583 847 86 341 328

4 Singapore 11 963 663 10 151 359 India 9 575 540 28 501 415

5 Germany 8 865 953 836 866 Singapore 8 663 945 5 395 948

6 Thailand 7 596 269 2 272 055 United States of America 8 417 614 4 617 728

7 Malaysia 6 664 230 5 060 398 Taiwan 7 934 173 39 512 353

8 New Zealand 5 734 892 3 838 580 New Zealand 6 203 992 4 116 914

9 Korea, Republic of 5 299 934 3 293 673 Indonesia 4 476 478 7 023 403

10 Indonesia 4 395 692 5 234 845 Malaysia 4 187 234 6 040 783

11 Viet Nam 4 238 580 4 878 801 United Kingdom 3 353 966 5 298 152

12 United Kingdom 3 727 724 401 912 Thailand 3 328 896 6 232 853

13 Italy 3 689 046 601 362 Netherlands 2 750 352 6 469 123

14 Taiwan 3 480 245 2 386 591 Saudi Arabia 2 203 615 2 071 681

15 France 2 511 782 273 207 United Arab Emirates 1 963 525 2 582 246

16 Netherlands 2 333 482 385 546 South Africa 1 815 414 3 044 030

17 International Waters 2 216 290 4 756 146 Italy 1 493 759 3 935 975

18 United Arab Emirates 1 906 956 2 656 819 Papua New Guinea 1 491 542 938 136

19 Canada 1 867 465 1 792 250 Brazil 1 424 592 4 496 386

20 Norway 1 820 052 151 077 France 1 400 234 5 031 562

Rest of world 23 089 392 14 964 690 Rest of world 20 469 383 33 735 235

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

Source: ABS 2010.

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Including Hong Kong and Macau but excluding Taiwan.

Trading partners by country

The trend of strong growth in maritime trade with Japan and China has continued. In 2008–09,

Japan was Australia’s largest trading partner for sea freight exports by value, followed by China

and the Republic of Korea. China was Australia’s largest trading partner for sea freight imports,

experiencing a 28.9 per cent growth from 2007–08, followed by Japan and the United States of

America (Table 2.4). New Zealand fell three places to become Australia’s eighth largest market

for exports in 2008–09, decreasing 17.7 per cent by value and 22.6 per cent by weight from

2007–08. The value of exports to India rose 86.6 per cent. As a result of this dramatic increase

India jumped three places to become Australia’s fourth largest trading partner for sea freight

exports in 2008–09.

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