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In Cairns, Transport, Postal and Warehousing had the largest total imports by industry, generating $1,029 million in 2018/19.

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

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Total imports
Industry$m%. FNQROC$m%. FNQROC2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing91.31.917.4132.13.022.4-40.8
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services253.85.43.5140.33.22.4+113.6
Wholesale Trade155.63.32.0167.93.92.5-12.3
Retail Trade145.73.12.3242.35.63.9-96.7
Accommodation and Food Services673.514.210.6707.816.311.5-34.4
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1,028.621.714.11,348.831.119.0-320.1
Information Media and Telecommunications22.20.50.417.20.40.3+5.0
Financial and Insurance Services97.
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services80.41.71.0109.22.51.5-28.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services77.
Administrative and Support Services137.
Public Administration and Safety263.45.64.0315.27.34.7-51.8
Education and Training131.52.82.8171.64.03.3-40.1
Health Care and Social Assistance381.88.15.1223.55.23.0+158.3
Arts and Recreation Services69.
Other Services201.94.34.2147.03.43.4+54.9
Total industries4,736.2100.0100.04,332.4100.0100.0+403.8

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in 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

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Dominant groups

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

  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing ($1,029 million or 21.7%)
  • Accommodation and Food Services ($673 million or 14.2%)
  • Manufacturing ($667 million or 14.1%)

In combination these three industries accounted for $2,370 million in total or 50.0% of the total imports by industry in the Cairns.

In comparison, the same 3 industries in FNQROC accounted for 14.1% in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; 10.6% in Accommodation and Food Services and 15.9% in Manufacturing.

The major differences between total imports by industries of Cairns and FNQROC were:

  • A smaller percentage of total imports by Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (1.9% compared to 17.4%)
  • A larger percentage of total imports by Transport, Postal and Warehousing (21.7% compared to 14.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of total imports by Mining (5.2% compared to 9.9%)
  • A larger percentage of total imports by Accommodation and Food Services (14.2% compared to 10.6%)

Emerging groups

The total total imports by industry in Cairns increased by $404 million between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

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

  • Manufacturing (+$379 million)
  • Mining (+$171 million)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+$158 million)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (+$114 million)

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