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In Cairns, Transport, Postal and Warehousing had the largest total exports by industry, generating $1,331 million in 2019/20.

Exports by industry are sales of goods and services to non-resident households, businesses and other organisations, outside Cairns boundaries. Exports (domestic) include all exports from the area to other parts of Australia. Exports (international) includes all exports from the Region to countries outside Australia.

To get the full picture how each industry sector contributes to the regional or state economy, export data should be viewed alongside the other industry characteristics in the Industry sector analysis section.

Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Total exports by industry sector
Industry$m%. Queensland$m%. Queensland2014/15 - 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing70.81.35.8174.14.38.3-103.3
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services145.22.73.0142.73.52.9+2.5
Wholesale Trade320.55.93.8216.85.34.0+103.6
Retail Trade266.34.92.6259.26.42.8+7.1
Accommodation and Food Services463.98.52.9522.912.93.2-59.0
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,331.224.59.81,073.426.49.3+257.9
Information Media and Telecommunications31.
Financial and Insurance Services357.96.62.941.21.02.6+316.7
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services128.22.41.2111.82.71.2+16.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services82.
Administrative and Support Services85.
Public Administration and Safety173.53.24.7221.75.54.7-48.2
Education and Training195.23.63.1144.43.63.0+50.9
Health Care and Social Assistance562.310.44.3345.08.53.2+217.3
Arts and Recreation Services96.41.81.1100.02.51.2-3.6
Other Services142.32.61.2122.33.01.3+20.0
Total industries5,430.4100.0100.04,064.7100.0100.0+1,365.7

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). Data are based on a 2018-19 price base for all years. NIEIR-ID data are inflation adjusted each year to allow direct comparison, and annual data releases adjust previous years’ figures to a new base year.Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the total exports by industry sectors in Cairns in 2019/20 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (1,331 million or 24.5%)
  • Manufacturing (694 million or 12.8%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (562 million or 10.4%)

In combination these three industries accounted for 2,588 million in total or 47.7% of the total exports by industry in the Cairns.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 9.8% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; 16.2% in Manufacturing and 4.3% in Health Care and Social Assistance.

The major differences between the total exports by industries of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of total exports by Mining (5.0% compared to 31.9%)
  • A larger percentage of total exports by Transport, Postal and Warehousing (24.5% compared to 9.8%)
  • A larger percentage of total exports by Health Care and Social Assistance (10.4% compared to 4.3%)
  • A larger percentage of total exports by Accommodation and Food Services (8.5% compared to 2.9%)

Emerging groups

The total total exports by industry in Cairns $increased by 1,366 million between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

The largest changes in the total exports by industries between 2014/15 and 2019/20 in Cairns were for:

  • Manufacturing (+$363 million)
  • Financial and Insurance Services (+$317 million)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+$258 million)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$217 million)

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