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. 99% of Australia’s international exports and imports travel via sea.

The Port of Melbourne, Australia’s largest container terminal is a central hub in the Australian economy, handling over 2 million TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) per year. Goods from many parts of the country are exported from Port Melbourne.

The largest sea exports include wood, paper and pulp, petroleum products, aluminium, as well as a variety of farm produce. Motor vehicles are the top value exports. Top sea imports to Victoria include building materials, sugar & confectionery and consumer goods.

The importance of sea transport to Australia is being recognised through major port infrastructure upgrades across the country. This includes channel deepening in Adelaide and Melbourne, and the building of a new container terminal in Sydney.

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