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Exports

In Cairns, Transport, Postal and Warehousing had the largest total exports by industry, generating $839 million in 2018/19.

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 Regional Council 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.

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Total exports by industry sector
Cairns - Constant prices2018/192013/14Change
Industry
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$m%Queensland%$m%Queensland%2013/14 to 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing119.72.77.0119.42.97.4+0.3
Mining158.53.625.616.20.418.5+142.3
Manufacturing539.412.415.5213.35.322.7+326.2
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services223.55.13.7133.03.33.6+90.5
Construction10.20.20.28.90.20.2+1.3
Wholesale Trade104.12.42.6160.44.03.9-56.3
Retail Trade192.94.43.8241.15.93.7-48.2
Accommodation and Food Services673.415.53.4705.717.43.6-32.3
Transport, Postal and Warehousing838.719.38.51,307.532.210.5-468.8
Information Media and Telecommunications15.20.30.714.20.40.7+1.0
Financial and Insurance Services129.73.03.625.90.62.7+103.8
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services115.92.71.1101.42.51.1+14.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services40.70.93.536.20.93.7+4.5
Administrative and Support Services161.13.72.361.71.51.0+99.4
Public Administration and Safety237.05.45.1307.97.66.0-70.8
Education and Training116.62.74.1149.43.73.6-32.8
Health Care and Social Assistance415.39.56.0250.66.23.5+164.7
Arts and Recreation Services65.71.51.370.01.71.7-4.2
Other Services198.84.62.0134.53.31.9+64.2

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id , the population experts.

Data are based on a 2016-17 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

Total exports by industry sector 2018/19
Total exports by industry sector 2018/19 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: 7.0% Mining, Queensland: 25.6% Manufacturing, Queensland: 15.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 3.7% Construction, Queensland: 0.2% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 2.6% Retail Trade, Queensland: 3.8% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 3.4% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 8.5% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 0.7% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 3.6% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 1.1% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 3.5% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 2.3% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 5.1% Education and Training, Queensland: 4.1% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 6.0% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 1.3% Other Services, Queensland: 2.0% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: 2.7% Mining, Cairns: 3.6% Manufacturing, Cairns: 12.4% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: 5.1% Construction, Cairns: 0.2% Wholesale Trade, Cairns: 2.4% Retail Trade, Cairns: 4.4% Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: 15.5% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: 19.3% Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: 0.3% Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: 3.0% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: 2.7% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: 0.9% Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: 3.7% Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: 5.4% Education and Training, Cairns: 2.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: 9.5% Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: 1.5% Other Services, Cairns: 4.6%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in total exports by industry sector, 2013/14 to 2018/19
Change in total exports by industry sector, 2013/14 to 2018/19 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: +$0.3 million Mining, Cairns: +$142.3 million Manufacturing, Cairns: +$326.2 million Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: +$90.5 million Construction, Cairns: +$1.3 million Wholesale Trade, Cairns: -$56.3 million Retail Trade, Cairns: -$48.2 million Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: -$32.3 million Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: -$468.8 million Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: +$1.0 million Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: +$103.8 million Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: +$14.5 million Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: +$4.5 million Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: +$99.4 million Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: -$70.8 million Education and Training, Cairns: -$32.8 million Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +$164.7 million Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: -$4.2 million Other Services, Cairns: +$64.2 million
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

An analysis of the total exports by industry sectors in Cairns in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing ($839 million or 19.3%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services ($673 million or 15.5%)
  • Manufacturing ($539 million or 12.4%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $2,052 million in total or 47.1% of the total exports by total industry in Cairns.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 8.5% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; 3.4% in Accommodation and Food Services; and 15.5% in Manufacturing.

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

  • A larger percentage of total exports by Accommodation and Food Services (15.5% compared to 3.4%)
  • A larger percentage of total exports by Transport, Postal and Warehousing (19.3% compared to 8.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of total exports by Mining (3.6% compared to 25.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of total exports by Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2.7% compared to 7.0%)

Emerging groups

The total exports by industries in Cairns increased by $299.3 million between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

The largest changes in total exports by industries between 2013/14 and 2018/19 in Cairns were for:

  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (-$469 million)
  • Manufacturing (+$326 million)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$165 million)
  • Mining (+$142 million)

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