5368.0.55.006 - Characteristics of Australian Exporters, 2015-16  
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  • The total number of exporters of goods and/or services in 2015-16 was 53,350, an increase of 2,454 (5%) from 2014-15.
  • The number of goods exporters increased by 2,611 (5%) and the number of services exporters decreased by 136 (-4%).
  • The total value of goods and services exports decreased by $6b to $312b (-2%) from 2014-15.
  • The decrease in the value of goods exports was $11b (-4%) to $243b. This was partially offset by an increase in the value of services exports, up $5b (9%) to $68b.
  • The increase in the number of exporters was across the board, except for large goods exporters (between $50m and $100m) and services exporters.
  • The number of goods exporters increased in each of the main industry divisions presented in this publication, except for Mining.
  • The decrease in the value of goods exports was mainly driven by the Mining industry decreasing in value by $14b, following significant falls in commodity prices.



This publication presents an analysis of the characteristics and international trading activities of Australian exporters in financial years 2013-14 to 2015-16. The information is compiled as a by-product of producing regular monthly and quarterly statistics on Australia's merchandise trade and international trade in services. Table 1 presents an overview covering exporters of both goods and services. Tables 2 to 9 present more detailed information on goods exporters. Table 10 presents additional information on services exporters. These tables are available for free from the 'Downloads' tab of this publication on the ABS website.


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