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Chapter 3 • Coastal freight

Cargo flows

Table 3.4 details coastal freight flows between the states and territories by weight. In 2008–09,

decreases were recorded in the tonnage of coastal freight from each state. Queensland and

Western Australia continued to be ranked first and second in terms of state of origin in 2008–

09. This was despite decreases of 3.1 per cent and 22.7 per cent respectively in the tonnage of

coastal freight originating in these states.

The Northern Territory experienced the only increase in terms of coastal freight tonnage,

rising to 662 300 tonnes in 2008–09 from just 17 500 tonnes in 2007–08. This growth was

seen in the increase in coastal freight from the Northern Territory bound for ports in Western

Australia and Tasmania. It is significant to note that 515 800 tonnes of coastal freight from

the Northern Territory was unloaded in Tasmania, despite the fact that no freight from the

Northern Territory was shipped to Tasmania during the previous year.

Queensland and New South Wales continued to be ranked first and second respectively as

states of destination. This is a similar ranking to the previous five years.

T3.4 Total coastal freight flows, 2008–09

State/territory of origin State/territory of destination Total Per cent

NSW VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT

(thousand tonnes)

NSW 72.9 879.6 133.2 816.6 26.4 124.6 8.9 2 062.2 4.0

VIC 1 438.9 543.4 693.9 429.9 479.6 2 492.9 0.7 6 079.3 12.0

QLD 1 972.4 661.9 16 257.3 381.6 250.1 635.1 25.9 20 184.4 39.0

SA 2 502.1 1 128.2 527.9 1 606.0 309.9 139.8 6 213.9 12.0

WA 3 843.1 1 709.8 1 259.1 973.5 2 980.8 283.5 52.4 11 102.2 22.0

TAS 1 473.6 3 239.1 78.2 169.3 127.7 182.1 8.0 5 278.2 10.0

NT 0.6 1.0 139.4 515.8 5.4 662.3 1.0

Total 11 303.7 8 162.0 18 950.6 4 376.8 4 314.0 4 373.9 101.4 51 582.5 100

Per cent 21.9 15.8 36.7 8.5 8.4 8.5 0.2 100

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: BITRE 2010.

Shipping freight activity over the last 10 years by state and territory is shown in Figures 3.1 and

3.2. Changes since 2007–08 include:

• decreases in loaded tonnages in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia,

Western Australia and Tasmania

• increases in loaded tonnages in the Northern Territory as noted above

• decreases in unloaded tonnages in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia,

Western Australia and Tasmania

• little change in unloaded tonnages in the Northern Territory.

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