1367.0 - State and Territory Statistical Indicators, 2012  
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Graph Image for Monthly Merchandise Trade, Tasmania

Graph Image for Merchandise trade, top 5 commodities, 2010-11, Tasmania

In January 2012:
  • the value of Tasmanian goods exported overseas was $240 million, a decrease of 24.5% on the December 2011 value of $318 million
  • the value of goods imported into Tasmania was $40 million, a decrease of 34.4% on the December 2011 value of $61 million. Because the value of direct overseas imports into Tasmania is generally small, the total can be disproportionately affected by an occasional single shipment of large value.

In 2010-11:
  • the top five overseas exports from Tasmania were Zinc (SITC 686), Aluminium (SITC 684), Wood chips (SITC 246), Copper ores and concentrates (SITC 283) and Iron ore and concentrates (SITC 281)
  • the top five overseas imports into Tasmania were Petroleum oils (excl. crude) (SITC 334), Cocoa (SITC 072), Residual petroleum products (SITC 335), Feeding stuff for animals (SITC 081), and Fertilisers (SITC 562)
  • the main destination for Tasmanian exports was China ($0.6 billion) while the USA was the main source of imports ($0.1 billion).

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Where do imports and exports statistics come from?

International merchandise trade statistics are compiled by the Australian Bureau of Statistics from information submitted by exporters and importers or their agents to the Australian Customs Service. These statistics represent movements of commodities imported directly from or exported to overseas destinations. Interstate trade movements are not included. International trade statistics are used extensively to monitor Australia's export and import performance and they are a key input to Australia's balance of payments and national accounts statistics.