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Chapter 3 • Coastal freight

Tasmanian trade

Freight shipments to and from Tasmania changed in 2008–09 from 2007–08 in the following

ways (Table 3.9):

• Freight from mainland Australia unloaded in Tasmania decreased 9.8 per cent from 5.9 to

5.3 million tonnes.

• Freight loaded in Tasmania destined for mainland Australia decreased slightly from 4.9 to

4.7 million tonnes.

• Significant decreases in the weight of unloaded cargo were recorded by mineral fuels,

lubricants & related materials, animal & vegetable oils, fats & waxes, and commodities &

transactions NES, with decreases of 57.9 per cent, 50 per cent and 44.2 per cent respectively.

• The most significant increase in cargo unloaded in Tasmania was recorded by the category

beverages & tobacco, which observed an increase of 33.0 per cent on last year’s figures.

• The majority of commodity categories experienced decreases in the weight of cargo

loaded in Tasmania. Animal & vegetable oils, fats & waxes decreased 35.4 per cent in

2008–09, while miscellaneous manufactured articles fell to zero from the 2007–08 figures.

T3.9 Tasmanian coastal freight by commodity group, 2007–08 and 2008–09

Commodity group Loaded Unloaded

2007–08 2008–09 2007–08 2008–09

(thousand tonnes)

0—Food & live animals 366.0 362.9 702.7 702.5

1—Beverages & tobacco 64.0 65.4 79.9 106.3

2—Crude materials inedible except fuels 1 698.3 1 633.6 1 955.1 1 681.1

3—Mineral fuels, lubricants & related materials 956.4 930.8 21.6 9.1

4—Animal & vegetable oils, fats & waxes 4.8 3.1 3.2 1.6

5—Chemical & related products NES 233.6 225.0 405.9 384.2

6—Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material 93.6 151.7 1 696.7 1 769.7

7—Machinery & transport equipment 188.1 185.5 147.6 154.1

8—Miscellaneous manufactured articles 5.2 0.6

9—Commodities & transactions NES 1 259.2 1 153.7 841.2 469.5

Total 4 869.1 4 711.5 5 854.4 5 278.2

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.

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

Source: BITRE 2010.

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