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Imports

In Cairns, Manufacturing had the largest total imports by industry, generating $2,662 million in 2019/20.

Imports by industry are sales of goods and services from industries located outside the Cairns Regional Council boundaries to resident households, businesses and other organisations within the area. Imports (domestic) includes all imports from other parts of Australia to the Regional Council.Imports (international) includes the value of all imports to the area from outside Australia.

To get the full picture how each industry sector contributes to the regional or state economy, import 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 imports by industry sector
Cairns - Constant prices2019/202014/15Change
Industry
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$m%Queensland%$m%Queensland%2014/15 to 2019/20
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing142.12.23.7210.13.54.8-67.9
Mining126.91.95.3305.65.18.2-178.7
Manufacturing2,661.640.534.62,395.340.035.9+266.3
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services300.24.64.9361.96.04.8-61.7
Construction0.00.00.00.00.00.00
Wholesale Trade274.54.23.3249.44.23.2+25.1
Retail Trade62.71.01.456.10.91.3+6.5
Accommodation and Food Services189.72.92.7164.12.73.0+25.6
Transport, Postal and Warehousing439.16.75.0315.25.35.5+123.9
Information Media and Telecommunications314.34.83.4270.94.53.1+43.4
Financial and Insurance Services810.512.39.6716.011.98.2+94.5
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services22.20.30.618.70.30.5+3.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services526.38.07.2339.75.75.8+186.7
Administrative and Support Services91.21.41.974.21.22.0+17.1
Public Administration and Safety143.42.25.9108.01.85.2+35.4
Education and Training111.01.72.6140.32.32.3-29.3
Health Care and Social Assistance268.74.15.2182.13.03.6+86.6
Arts and Recreation Services44.30.71.334.50.61.2+9.8
Other Services46.70.71.453.20.91.4-6.5

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions).

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 imports by industry sector 2019/20
Total imports by industry sector 2019/20 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Queensland: 3.7% Mining, Queensland: 5.3% Manufacturing, Queensland: 34.6% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Queensland: 4.9% Construction, Queensland: 0.0% Wholesale Trade, Queensland: 3.3% Retail Trade, Queensland: 1.4% Accommodation and Food Services, Queensland: 2.7% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Queensland: 5.0% Information Media and Telecommunications, Queensland: 3.4% Financial and Insurance Services, Queensland: 9.6% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Queensland: 0.6% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Queensland: 7.2% Administrative and Support Services, Queensland: 1.9% Public Administration and Safety, Queensland: 5.9% Education and Training, Queensland: 2.6% Health Care and Social Assistance, Queensland: 5.2% Arts and Recreation Services, Queensland: 1.3% Other Services, Queensland: 1.4% Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: 2.2% Mining, Cairns: 1.9% Manufacturing, Cairns: 40.5% Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: 4.6% Construction, Cairns: 0.0% Wholesale Trade, Cairns: 4.2% Retail Trade, Cairns: 1.0% Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: 2.9% Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: 6.7% Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: 4.8% Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: 12.3% Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: 0.3% Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: 8.0% Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: 1.4% Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: 2.2% Education and Training, Cairns: 1.7% Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: 4.1% Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: 0.7% Other Services, Cairns: 0.7%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in total imports by industry sector, 2014/15 to 2019/20
Change in total imports by industry sector, 2014/15 to 2019/20 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Cairns: -$67.9 million Mining, Cairns: -$178.7 million Manufacturing, Cairns: +$266.3 million Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Cairns: -$61.7 million Construction, Cairns: 0 million Wholesale Trade, Cairns: +$25.1 million Retail Trade, Cairns: +$6.5 million Accommodation and Food Services, Cairns: +$25.6 million Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Cairns: +$123.9 million Information Media and Telecommunications, Cairns: +$43.4 million Financial and Insurance Services, Cairns: +$94.5 million Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services, Cairns: +$3.5 million Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Cairns: +$186.7 million Administrative and Support Services, Cairns: +$17.1 million Public Administration and Safety, Cairns: +$35.4 million Education and Training, Cairns: -$29.3 million Health Care and Social Assistance, Cairns: +$86.6 million Arts and Recreation Services, Cairns: +$9.8 million Other Services, Cairns: -$6.5 million
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

Dominant groups

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

  • Manufacturing ($2,662 million or 40.5%)
  • Financial and Insurance Services ($810 million or 12.3%)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services ($526 million or 8.0%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $3,998 million in total or 60.8% of the total imports by total industry in Cairns.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 34.6% in Manufacturing; 9.6% in Financial and Insurance Services; and 7.2% in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.

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

  • A larger percentage of total imports by Manufacturing (40.5% compared to 34.6%)
  • A larger percentage of total imports by Financial and Insurance Services (12.3% compared to 9.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of total imports by Public Administration and Safety (2.2% compared to 5.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of total imports by Mining (1.9% compared to 5.3%)

Emerging groups

The total imports by industries in Cairns increased by $580.3 million between 2014/15 and 2019/20.

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

  • Manufacturing (+$266 million)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+$187 million)
  • Mining (-$179 million)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (+$124 million)

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