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BITRE • Australian sea freight 2008–09

T2.5 Australia's international freight by trading region of loading and unloading,

2008–09

Trading region Value Weight

Loaded Unloaded Loaded Unloaded

($ thousands) (tonnes)

Africa 1 639 209 2 886 969 778 938 5 859 892

North & Central America 18 018 755 9 371 873 5 414 715 8 576 131

South America 1 833 536 1 926 324 1 450 076 5 638 618

East Asia 34 041 616 46 879 552 9 869 708 329 578 971

Japan & North Asia 21 185 705 70 941 221 10 736 893 293 157 821

South Asia 2 018 100 10 277 937 679 357 29 580 169

South East Asia 44 195 370 31 220 958 30 668 224 30 943 662

Europe 28 716 060 13 240 065 4 118 849 30 042 138

Middle East 4 662 072 5 076 208 6 417 821 11 274 364

New Zealand 6 017 770 6 752 819 3 806 433 4 207 550

Pacific Islands & PNG 1 396 734 2 470 897 2 650 536 1 670 301

Rest of world 2 283 104 1 290 690 5 037 475 2 647 262

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

Note: Freight reported as being loaded in overseas regions are Australian imports. Similarly, freight reported as being

unloaded in overseas regions are Australian exports.

Source: ABS 2010.

Commodity structure of Australia’s international

sea freight

In 2008–09, the leading commodities by value moving across Australian wharves were coal,

coke & briquettes, machinery, and iron ore & concentrates. Iron ore & concentrates rose two

places in 2008–09 from its previous fifth position, while road vehicles & transport equipment

and petroleum oil both fell two places from 2007–08 to be fourth and fifth most traded

commodities by value. The increase in the value of machinery & transport equipment imported

to Australia explains the increase in the total value of imports despite an overall decrease in

their weight in 2008–09.

Iron ore & concentrates, coal, coke & briquettes, confidential commodities NEC and petroleum oil

were the top four ranked commodities in terms of tonnes transported. The most significant

change from 2007–08 saw coal, coke & briquettes recover from its drop to fourth last year to

become the second leading commodity by weight in 2008–09.

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