South Australia's trade with the world graph

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South Australia's principal goods trading partners:

  1. China
  2. United States
  3. Japan
  4. Malaysia
  5. Singapore

Education: 31,304 overseas enrolments; Tourism: 354,000 visitors


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 Adelaide

Total tonnage: 9,561,083

Exports (7,333,851 tonnes): wheat, copper, alcoholic beverages, meat, motor vehicles, lead.

Imports (2,227,232 tonnes): petroleum, furniture, fertilizers, motor vehicles, motor vehicle parts, alcoholic beverages.


Established in the 1830s, the Port of Adelaide was one of South Australia's earliest settlements and the state's first heritage area.

2011 TOP 5 EXPORTS goods & services

  1. wheat A$1,792m
  2. copper A$1,284m
  3. alcoholic beverages A$1,139m
  4. iron ores & concentrates A$948m
  5. copper ores & concentrates A$946m

2011 TOP 5 IMPORTS goods & services

  1. recreational travel A$1,034m
  2. refined petroleum A$926m
  3. passenger motor vehicles A$448m
  4. freight transport A$329m
  5. vehicle parts & accessories A$324m