The Hodgman Liberal Government is delivering on our Plan to grow the Tasmanian economy and support local businesses, and this is reflected by a significant growth in exports through our seaports.
Exports through Tasmania’s seaports in the first half of the 2018/19 financial year grew by more than 290,000 tonnes to 5.02 million tonnes compared to the same period in 2017/18. (4.73 million tonnes).
Imports during the first six months of 2018/19 also grew slightly to 2.93 million tonnes compared to 2.85 million tonnes in 2017/18.
While Tasmania’s goods are increasingly in demand interstate and internationally, and Tasmania’s economic conditions are extremely positive, this sort of success is the result of hard work and strategic management decisions.
TasPorts is responsible for the management and operation of all ports in Tasmania and works consistently and diligently with its various stakeholders and customers to facilitate imports and exports for the ultimate benefit of the state and its businesses.
These improving numbers are testimony to that strategic management and demonstrate that Tasmania is open for business, attracting investment and creating new jobs.
Exports included woodchips, cement and timber, general cargo, minerals, food and dairy products. Major imports included general cargo, minerals, fuel, tourist vehicles and trade vehicles.
The ongoing development of our ports is also critical issue for the state. TasPorts is currently implementing a $200 million master plan to ensure our port facilities meet future export and import demand.
The Hodgman Liberal Government has committed record $2.6 billion funding for new infrastructure in Tasmania to grow the economy, create jobs and meet the needs of our growing state.