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BITRE • Australian sea freight 2008–09

Freight task as shown in Table 3.2 is driven by both the level of demand for a commodity and

the locations at which that demand exists (i.e. the distance the commodity must be shipped),

among other factors. In comparison, tonnage figures in Table 3.1 are not affected directly by

the location of demand. This can cause freight task figures for a commodity to vary more than

tonnage figures from year-to-year, since patterns of demand can change even if overall demand

for a commodity remains relatively fixed.

T3.2 Coastal freight task by commodity group, 10 years to 2008–09

Commodity group

Financial year

1999– 2000– 2001– 2002– 2003– 2004– 2005– 2006– 2007– 2008–

00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09

(billion tonne-kilometres)

0—Food & live animals 2.6 2.4 2.7 4.1 2.8 2.4 2.1 3.3 3.6 2.9

1—Beverages & tobacco 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.4

2—Crude materials inedible except fuels 66.1 61.8 62.1 63.4 64.8 69.7 72.6 71.9 73.4 69.5

3—Mineral fuels, lubricants & related materials 30.2 30.0 33.6 34.5 37.4 30.5 35.5 36.1 33.7 24.7

4—Animal & vegetable oils, fats & waxes 0.4 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

5—Chemical & related products NES 1.7 2.0 3.1 4.0 3.1 3.1 3.1 4.8 3.8 2.7

6—Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material 6.7 6.8 6.4 6.6 6.6 6.1 6.4 6.9 6.4 4.9

7—Machinery & transport equipment 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.7 0.6 0.4

8—Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6

9—Commodities & transactions NES 0.5 0.6 1.5 1.0 0.9 0.9 1.0 1.8 2.1 1.4

Total 108.9 104.5 110.4 114.8 117.0 114.0 122.0 126.2 124.5 107.4

Note: NES = ‘Not Elsewhere Specified’, see glossary in explanatory notes for further details.

Source: BITRE (2010).

Table 3.3 shows how the 2008–09 totals in Table 3.1 break down by state/territory of origin

and destination.

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