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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005  
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Contents >> Trade >> Commodities exported overseas

Tasmania’s international exports have historically been mainly composed of raw materials and their products. This pattern continued in 2002-03; among the most valuable export commodity groups were zinc (16.8%), aluminium (13.6%) and metalliferous ores and scrap (6.8%). Hardwood woodchips exports can no longer be quantified due to confidentiality restrictions from June 2000.

In 2002-03, zinc was the most valuable commodity exported: 48.0% was sent to Hong Kong, 13.4% to Taiwan and 10.4% to Indonesia. Zinc is produced from ores and concentrates from the Pasminco mines at Rosebery, and also from concentrates imported to Tasmania from mainland Australian states.

The second most valuable commodity was aluminium, of which 41.4% was sent to Korea, 18.5% to Japan, and 9.3% to Thailand. Aluminium is manufactured in Tasmania from ores and concentrates imported from mainland Australian states and overseas.

TASMANIAN OVERSEAS EXPORTS, Value

2001-02
2002-03
Change from
2001-02

Commodity(a)
$’000
$’000
%

Zinc
394,163
412,361
4.6
Aluminium
363,360
333,330
-8.3
Metalliferous ores and scrap
188,273
167,729
-10.9
Fish, crustaceans and molluscs (including preparations thereof)
174,885
163,467
-6.5
Ships, boats (incl. hovercraft) and floating structures
100,997
129,977
28.7
Dairy products and eggs
114,682
89,319
-22.1
Wood and wood products
56,057
77,127
37.6
Meat and meat preparations
75,541
76,057
0.7
Vegetables and fruit
60,759
61,224
0.8
Textile fibres and their wastes
23,797
33,189
39.5
Other
996,886
908,057
-8.9
Total
2,387,806
2,451,837
2.7


(a) Includes the top 10 overseas exports from Tasmania by value.

Source: ABS data available on request, International Trade data base.


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