Queensland's principal goods trading partners
- Republic of Korea
- United States
Gateways to the global marketplace – As a trading nation surrounded by ocean, Australia relies on its seaports to facilitate our international trade in goods. Over 80 per cent of Australia's exports and imports pass through one of the country's many seaports – over one billion tonnes in 2011. That's heavier than 18,000 Sydney Harbour Bridges!
As Australia's mining and commodities boom continues, our ports are busier than ever. They provide jobs both in the ports themselves and in the surrounding communities.
Port of Mackay / Hay Point
total tonnage: 82,362,559
Exports (81,564,716 tonnes): cola, vegetables, sugars, wheat, animal feed, wood.
Imports (797,843 tonnes): petroleum, ships & boats, fertilizers, sugars, iron ores.
After Cyclone Ului in March 2010, the Port of Mackay facilitated the export of over 95,000 tonnes of damaged logs from the area to China, USA and Korea.
Port of Gladstone – total tonnage 58,206,948
Exports (55,426,689 tonnes) 2011: coal, aluminium, fertilizers, wheat, animal oils/fats, vegetables.
Imports (2,780,259 tonnes) 2011: petroleum, railway vehicles, explosives, fertilizers.
The Port of Gladstone is the fourth largest coal export terminal in the world, handling in excess of 50 million tonnes of coal per annum.
2011 TOP 5 EXPORTS (goods & services) 2011
- coal A$25.4b
- beef A$3b
- recreational travel A$2.8b
- education-related travel A$2.3b
- lead ores & concentrates A$1.1b
2011 TOP 5 IMPORTS (goods & services) 2011
- crude petroleum A$6.2b
- recreational travel A$3.8b
- refined petroleum A$3.1b
- passenger motor vehicles A$2.9b
- goods vehicles A$2b