New South Wales' trade with the world graph

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New South Wales' principal goods trading partners

  1. China
  2. Japan
  3. United States
  4. Republic of Korea
  5. New Zealand

Education 207,898 overseas enrolments

Tourism: 2,756,000 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 Newcastle

Total tonnage: 118,440,381

Exports (117,139,237 tonnes): aluminium, coal, copper ores, wheat, animal feed

Imports: (1,301,144 tonnes): petroleum, fertilizers, animal feed, salts, railway vehicles


The first export from Australia was from Newcastle in 1799, aboard The Hunter. Fifty tonnes of coal was bound for Bengal. With 211 years of operation, Newcastle port is Australia's oldest commercial port and remains one of the busiest.

2011 TOP 5 EXPORTS (goods & services) 2011

2011 TOP 5 IMPORTS (goods & services) 2011