Each year the Australian Bureau of Statistics compiles export data by product, market and region. This data is generally available by November, for the preceding financial year period.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that in the year to June 2018, the nominal value of Tasmania’s overseas merchandise exports was $3.68 billion. This represents an increase of 33 per cent compared to the previous year, when the value of exports was estimated at $2.76 billion.
For Australia as a whole, the nominal value of overseas merchandise exports was estimated to be $314.23 billion, an increase of 8 per cent in the year to June 2018.
In the year to June 2018 Tasmania’s largest export commodity categories by order of ranking were:
- processed metals and metal products - primarily aluminium and zinc and associated products (contributing $1 588 million in value, an increase of 43 per cent from the previous year)
- ores and concentrates - primarily iron ores and tin ores (contributing $505 million, an increase of 20 per cent from the previous year)
- confidential items of trade (contributing $413 million, an increase of 45 per cent compared to the previous year)
- seafood products - primarily abalone and Atlantic salmon (contributing $241 million, an increase of 62 per cent compared to the previous year)
- meat products - predominantly fresh, chilled or frozen beef (contributing $241 million, an increase of 39 per cent compared to the previous year)
- wood and paper products - primarily wood or articles of wood (contributing $230 million, an increase of 31 per cent compared to the previous year).
During this same period Tasmania’s top trading partner was China, receiving goods with an estimated value of $1 041 million, or 28 per cent of Tasmania’s total exports (up from 24 per cent of total exports in 2016-17). The next largest trading partners, by ranking, were Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, Viet Nam, Thailand, Indonesia and the United States of America.
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