Tasmania's trade with the world graph

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Tasmania's principal goods trading partners

  1. China
  2. Indonesia
  3. United States
  4. Japan
  5. Taiwan

Education: 4,681 overseas enrolments. Tourism: 150,000 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.

Burnie Port

Total tonnage: 661,332

Exports (577,007 tonnes): copper ores; wood; meat.

Imports (84,325 tonnes): coal; petroleum; animal oils/fats; fertilizers; animal feed.


The Burnie Port has a crane nicknamed 'Emu' that was in use for17 years. Emu was decommissioned in 2011 but remains as a feature of the port.

2011 TOP 5 EXPORTS goods & services

  1. zinc A$565m
  2. aluminium A$385m
  3. iron ores & concentrates A$219m
  4. copper ores & concentrates A$215m
  5. recreational travel A$198m

2011 TOP 5 IMPORTS goods & services

  1. iron, steel and aluminium structures A$289m
  2. recreational travel A$257m
  3. refined petroleum A$107m
  4. freight transport A$46m
  5. residual petroleum products A$40m