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At a glance

In 2008–09, 938.0 million tonnes of cargo moved across Australian wharves. This represented

a 3.2 per cent increase on 2007–08. Some 80.3 per cent of this cargo was exports; 8.7 per

cent was imports; 5.5 per cent was domestic loaded cargo; and 5.5 per cent was domestic

unloaded cargo.

In 2008–09, 834.8 million tonnes of international cargo was handled by Australian ports.

Compared with 2007–08, there was a 6.5 per cent increase in the total weight of exports

and a 3.5 per cent decrease in the total weight of imports. By value, there was a 29.9 per cent

increase in exports to $202.3 billion and a 6.6 per cent increase in imports to $166.0 billion

between 2007–08 and 2008–09.

Australian ports handled 103.2 million tonnes of coastal cargo during 2008–09, representing

11 per cent of all cargo handled in Australia. This was a decrease of 13.5 per cent on 2007–08.

In 2008–09, ships using coasting trade permits moved 15.0 million tonnes of freight around the

Australian coast. This was a 0.7 per cent increase on 2007–08 but remains more than 10 per

cent lower than the 2006–07 figure.

In 2008–09, the number of ships involved in international shipping entering Australia rose to

4051, compared to 3807 in 2007–08. Voyages to Australia from overseas ports increased 4.0

per cent, whilst the total number of port calls decreased by 2.7 per cent in 2008–09.

The Australian trading fleet decreased in both gross and deadweight tonnage as at July 2009,

compared to the previous year. The total number of ships in the fleet also decreased from 94

to 77 vessels.

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