Australia’s trade with Africa

5 September 2019

Australia’s Goods and Services Exports to Africa 2018(a)

Pie Chart showing Australia’s Goods and Services Exports to Africa 2018. See text version below.
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A$ million 2018
Agriculture 654
Minerals & fuels 1,918
STM 192
ETM 769
Other goods 288
Services 1,308
Total 5,128

Totals may not add due to rounding.

Australia’s Goods & Services Imports from Africa 2018(a)

Chart showing Australia’s Goods & Services Imports from Africa 2018. See text version below.
Text version below.
A$ million 2018
Agriculture 277
Minerals & fuels 3,206
STM 192
ETM 922
Other goods 19
Services 1,618
Total 6,234

Totals may not add due to rounding.

(a) Excludes some confidential items of trade.
Based on ABS data.


Image shoes two arrows points to Australian and Africa. Text on image says Two way trade $11,362 A$m
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Top export and import countries/regions

A$ billion 2018 % growth year on year
Exports(a)(b) 438.1 13.2
China 136.3 17.5
Japan 58.8 24.5
Republic of Korea 26.6 13.9
United States 23.1 10.1
India 22.3 10.1
ASEAN(a) 51.9 15.9
EU28(a) 30.1 3.8
Imports(a)(b) 415.0 9.9
China 78.3 16.1
United States 50.8 7.3
Japan 27.0 8.7
Germany 18.8 10.4
Thailand 17.9 4.0
ASEAN(a) 69.1 15.8
EU28 79.1 10.0

Trade by broad sector(b)

A$ billion 2018 % growth year on year
Exports 438.1 13.2
Rural 47.4 -2.1
Resources 215.6 21.3
Manufactures 50.2 11.6
Other goods 12.0 -4.5
Gold 20.2 10.3
Services  92.8 9.2
Imports 415.0 9.9
Two-way trade 853.1 11.6
Balance of trade 23.1 ..

Top exports and import

A$ billion 2018 % growth year on year
Exports(b) 438.1 13.2
Coal(c) 66.9 17.0
Iron ores & concentrates 63.3 0.3
Natural gas 43.3 69.0
Education-related travel 35.2 16.4
Personal travel (excl education) 22.2 4.5
Imports(b) 415.0 9.9
Personal travel (excl education) 44.8 11.3
Refined petroleum 25.3 31.9
Passenger motor vehicles 22.4 -1.8
Telecom equipment & parts 14.4 12.6
Crude petroleum 13.8 45.3

Australia’s international investment position

A$ billion 2018 % growth year on year
Foreign Direct Investment in Australia 967.5 9.5
United States 214.3 10.7
Japan 105.9 9.0
United Kingdom 98.7 13.3
Netherlands 49.3 -12.0
China 40.1 4.5
ASEAN 47.7 6.5
EU28 225.7 14.0
Australian Direct Investment Abroad 695.6 9.4
United States 120.7 -5.4
United Kingdom 118.7 33.0
New Zealand 56.4 -9.7
Singapore 33.8 221.8
Papua New Guinea np ..
ASEAN 39.7 -2.0
EU28 163.6 32.9

(a) Excludes some confidential items of trade.
(b) Balance of payments basis.
(c) Includes BOP adjustments.
np - not published.

Based on various ABS catalogues.


Last Updated: 2 September 2019