There was a decline in the number of exporters across all of the main exporting states (New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia) in 2019-20, with a small increase in exporters located in Tasmania. A larger offsetting increase was seen in state not specified with a number of exporters using a Customs Client Identifier (CCID) to complete their export documentation. Use of a CCID rather than ABN means the exporter cannot be linked to a state, as such care should be taken when interpreting counts of exporters by state due to increasing use of CCID's.
The main state of exporter location continues to be New South Wales (13,927 exporters), followed by Victoria (12,568). Together, almost half (47%) of Australian merchandise exporters have a main address in these states.
For most industries, New South Wales is the state where the highest number of merchandise exporters are located. The mining industry is the most notable exception, with mining exporters most commonly located in Western Australia (42%) and Queensland (25%).