Air transport is primarily used for passengers and for moving high value, highly perishable goods to market. It provides the means to transport extremely lucrative products such as live lobster to international markets.

The sector represents only approximately 0.2% of Australia’s international freight task, however, it represents around 14.3% of the value.

As an island state, air linkages are particularly important for Tasmania's economy. Tasmania's air exports by volume are primarily perishables: fish and fish products, fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy. Machine and electrical parts are also high on the list. By value, petrochemical products top the list, followed by meat and other perishable products.

Tasmania's top air imports by weight are machines and engines, organic chemicals, spectacles and instruments, and consumer goods.

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