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Department of State Growth

Overview

Tasmania’s export sector is critical to our State’s economic future and growth. Our products and services are in demand internationally. In the year to June 2019, the nominal value of Tasmania’s merchandise exports were valued at $3.657 billion. Key international destinations were China, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia and the United States of America. Key export commodities include:

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

The tourism and international education sectors lead our service exports.

Tasmania's trade interests are currently supported by a number of free trade agreements to which the Australian Government is a signatory. These agreements are with China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United States, Malaysia, Korea and ASEAN. Multi-lateral agreements also provide significant market access packages for Tasmanian exporters.

Export Statistics

Each year the Department of State Growth compiles Tasmanian export data by product, market and region. The key source of this data is generated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS); this data is generally available by November each year, for the preceding financial year period, and the data provided on this page is derived entirely from this source.

The ABS estimates that, in the year to June 2019 (ie. 2018-19 data), the nominal value of Tasmania’s overseas merchandise exports was $3.657 billion. In the month of November 2018, the year-on-year value of Tasmanian goods exports reached a record high of $3.8 billion.

In 2018-19 service exports, international education was valued at $618 million, followed by tourism valued at $409 million. These two sectors account for approximately 89 percent of all of Tasmania’s services exports.

Note: 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.

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 first Annual Action Plan, under the Tasmanian Trade Strategy 2019-2025 (the Strategy), identified that a Trade Scorecard will be released each financial year – with the first release planned for late 2020.

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.