Sea Transport is critical to Australia as an Island Nation. It links our products to overseas markets and allows us access to goods produced elsewhere.

Over 99% of Australia’s international exports and imports (by volume) travel via sea. We rely heavily on the imported goods for our quality of life, as well as the income we receive for exporting our bulk products by sea. Many goods are moved by sea, ranging from petrol to cars, and agricultural exports to heavy machinery.

Because sea transport is so important, major port infrastructure upgrades are occurring across the country. Recent examples include channel deepening in Adelaide and Melbourne, and the building of a new container terminal in Sydney.


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