Northern Territory's trade with the world graph

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Northern Territory's principal goods trading partners

  1. Japan
  2. China
  3. Singapore
  4. Kuwait
  5. Republic of Korea

Education: 1,280 overseas enrolments; Tourism: 289,000 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 Darwin

Total tonnage: 11,406,538

Exports (5,650,034 tonnes): natural gas; iron ores; copper ores; petroleum; live animals.

Imports (5,756,504 tonnes): natural gas; precious stones; petroleum; motor vehicles.


On 9 September 1839, Lieutenant John Stokes sailed HMS Beagle into a broad but sheltered bay on Australia's north coast and named it Port Darwin in honour of his friend Charles Darwin.

2011 TOP 5 EXPORTS (goods & services) 2011

2011 TOP 5 IMPORTS (goods & services) 2011