Tasmania trades with the other States of Australia by sea or air. The majority of the freight is moved by sea, with only a very small proportion moved by air.
Much of Tasmania’s high value industries such as pharmaceuticals, salmon, trout, rock lobsters, cheese and other specialist foodstuff is sent by air. With the increased use of just-in-time stock control, more basic manufactured goods that have a high value for their weight such as textiles, yarns, clothing and footwear are also being sent by air to the Australian mainland.
Detailed information on Tasmania’s interstate air trade is not currently available, making it difficult to analyse the State’s total interstate trade performance. Data on the volume of sea freight movements are collected from Tasmania's port authorities and collated on a calendar-year basis.
A map showing Tasmania's major freight handling ports can be found at the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources website: http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/transport_tas/marine_portsmain.html