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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005  
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Contents >> Trade >> Commodities imported from overseas

It is difficult to get a complete picture of Tasmania’s imports because only those goods imported directly into Tasmania from overseas are currently recorded by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). It is known that significant amounts of consumer goods, and raw materials for input into manufacturing processes, are imported from interstate, and are thus not recorded by the ABS as Tasmanian imports.

More detail on the commodities imported into individual Tasmanian ports can be obtained from the individual Tasmanian port authorities, whose web sites are as follows:

  • Burnie Port Corporation, www.burnieport.com.au

The most valuable import category in 2002-03 was ships, boats and floating structures, which accounted for 38.0% of the total. Pulp and waste paper was second, accounting for 10.9% of imports.

TASMANIAN OVERSEAS IMPORTS(a), Value

2001-02
2002-03
Change from
2001-02

Commodity
$’000
$’000
%

Ships, boats and floating structures
763
295,491
38,640.0
Pulp and waste paper
74,089
84,411
13.9
Cocoa
31,753
34,738
9.4
Petroleum and petroleum products
25,964
34,617
33.3
Metalliferous ores and metal scrap
13,507
32,770
142.6
General industrial machinery and equipment
36,818
26,144
-29.0
Machinery specialised for particular industries
18,693
25,043
34.0
Power generating machinery and equipment
25,668
22,043
-14.1
Road vehicles
22,961
17,095
-25.5
Textile yarn, fabrics and related products
13,333
15,110
13.3
Other
254,852
189,188
-25.8
Total
518,401
776,650
49.8

(a) Includes the top 10 overseas import commodities to Tasmania by value.

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


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