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Department of State Growth

Overview

Tasmania’s export sector is critical to our State’s economic future and growth, with exports of goods and services in 2019-20 estimated at $4.716 billion – or contributing approximately 14 per cent of Gross State Product. Of this, the nominal value of Tasmania’s goods exports were valued at $3.597 billion. Key international destinations were China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, the United States of America, Taiwan and Vietnam respectively. Key export commodities include:

  • processed metals and metal products
  • ores and concentrates
  • meat products
  • seafood products
  • wood, paper and timber products.

The tourism and international education sectors lead our service exports, worth an estimated $1.072 billion in 2019-20.

Tasmania's trade interests are currently supported by a number of free trade agreements to which the Australian Government is a signatory. These agreements cover over 90 per cent of Tasmania’s goods exports by value, including agreements with China, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United States, Malaysia, Korea and Indonesia. Multi-lateral agreements such as the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership also provide significant market access opportunities for Tasmanian exporters.

Export Statistics

Each year the Department of State Growth compiles Tasmanian export data by product and market. The key source of this data is generated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS); the data provided on this page is derived entirely from this source.

The ABS estimates that, in the year to June 2020 (ie. 2019-20 data), the nominal value of Tasmania’s overseas merchandise exports was $3.644 billion – and increase of 0.02 per cent on the previous year. In the month of February 2019, the year-on-year value of Tasmanian goods exports reached a record high of $3.8 billion.

In 2019-20 service exports, international education was valued at approximately $673 million, followed by tourism valued at approximately $263 million. These two sectors account for approximately 87 per cent of all of Tasmania’s services exports.

Notes:

Exports by Market includes all markets with which goods were exported and recorded with a customs value. Exports by Market and Products details the breakdown of goods to each market with a reported export value of $1 million or more. If further information is required on the product breakdown of markets not included in this document, please contact trade@stategrowth.tas.gov.au for assistance.

Confidential items of trade are commodities with which, if disaggregated, may result in the data being identified to individual exporters, or export items of which the exporter has requested their values be kept confidential. As such, commodities within this category may actually belong to those other categories and values listed above. Other items relating to defence or matters of national security may be excluded entirely from these values.

Copyright in Australian Bureau of Statistics data rests with the Commonwealth of Australia. ABS material may be downloaded, displayed, printed and reproduced for personal, non-commercial use, or use within an organisation. Apart from use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, all other rights are reserved.

Trade Scorecard

The inaugural Tasmanian Trade Scorecard was been released in November 2020. The Scorecard is a check of progress against the goals of the Tasmanian Trade Strategy 2019-2025.

The Trade Scorecard will not replace the current release of export statistics published on this website. However, its purpose is to provide progress against the key performance indicators outlined within the Strategy. It will also explain more of the discrete export trade nuances affecting the Tasmanian economy and how the Tasmanian export task fits into the larger national and global trade environment.