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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003  
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Contents >> International Accounts and Trade >> Merchandise exports and imports by mode of transport

In 2001-02, the predominant mode of transport for Australia's exports (table 30.31) was sea transport, with $99,261m or 82% of total exports by value. Air transport accounted for $21,799m or 18%, and parcel post $116m or 0.1%. Australia exported 508 million tonnes of merchandise, the vast majority of which by weight was transported by sea (506.2 million tonnes).

The largest contributors to export values by sea transport were Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials, $24,475m (25% of total exports by sea); Crude materials, inedible, except fuels, $22,324m (22%); and Food and live animals, $20,056m (20%).

The largest contributors to export values by air transport were Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC, $7,673m (35% of exports by air); and Machinery and transport equipment, $5,387m (25%).

In 2001-02, the predominant mode of transport for Australia's imports (table 30.32) was also sea transport, with $84,670m or 71% of total imports by value. Air transport accounted for $34,932m or 29%, and parcel post $78m or 0.1%. Australia imported 58 million tonnes of merchandise, considerably less than the tonnage of exports. Sea transport accounted for almost all merchandise imports by weight.

The largest contributors to import values by sea transport were Machinery and transport equipment, $35,442m (42% of imports by sea); and Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material, $13,004m (15%).

Over half the value of imports transported by air transport was Machinery and transport equipment, $18,212m (52% of imports by air).


30.31 MERCHANDISE EXPORTS, By mode of transport - 2001-02

Air
Sea
Parcel post
Total



Commodity (SITC)
$m
%(a)
$m
%(a)
$m
%(a)
$m

Food and live animals(b)
1,651
7.6
20,056
92.4
-
-
21,707
Beverages and tobacco
22
0.9
2,333
99.0
-
-
2,355
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels(b)
117
0.5
22,324
99.5
1
-
22,443
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
645
2.6
24,475
97.4
-
-
25,120
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes(b)
4
1.2
306
98.8
-
-
310
Chemical and related products, n.e.s.(b)
2,362
44.1
3,000
55.9
-
-
5,362
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material(b)
1,179
8.7
12,308
90.8
70
0.5
13,557
Machinery and transport equipment(b)
5,387
38.1
8,751
61.9
2
-
14,140
Miscellaneous manufactured articles(b)
2,759
61.8
1,667
37.3
40
0.9
4,466
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC(c)
7,673
65.5
4,040
34.5
2
-
11,715
Total
21,799
18.0
99,261
81.9
116
0.1
121,176

(a) Proportion of total commodity (SITC section).
(b) Excludes export commodities subject to a confidentiality restriction.
(c) Includes export commodities subject to a confidentiality restriction.

Source: International Merchandise Trade, Australia, June 2002 (5422.0).


30.32 MERCHANDISE IMPORTS, By mode of transport - 2001-02

Air
Sea
Parcel post
Total



Commodity (SITC)
$m
%(a)
$m
%(a)
$m
%(a)
$m

Food and live animals(b)
218
4.7
4,395
95.3
-
-
4,614
Beverages and tobacco
13
1.5
851
98.5
-
-
864
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels(b)
91
5.2
1,664
94.8
1
0.1
1,756
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials(b)
2
-
9,031
100.0
-
-
9,033
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
3
1.1
286
98.9
-
-
289
Chemical and related products, n.e.s.(b)
5,921
40.5
8,714
59.5
2
-
14,637
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material(b)
1,803
12.2
13,004
87.7
14
0.1
14,821
Machinery and transport equipment(b)
18,212
33.9
35,442
66.0
18
-
53,672
Miscellaneous manufactured articles(b)
6,411
36.8
10,968
63.0
42
0.2
17,421
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC(c)
2,258
87.7
316
12.3
-
-
2,574
Total
34,932
29.2
84,670
70.7
78
0.1
119,681

(a) Proportion of total commodity (SITC section).
(b) Excludes import commodities subject to a confidentiality restriction.
(c) Includes import commodities subject to a confidentiality restriction.

Source: International Merchandise Trade, Australia, June 2002 (5422.0).


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