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5368.0.55.006 - Characteristics of Australian Exporters, 2008-09  
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Key Figures

2006-07
2007-08
2008-09
2007-08 to 2008-09 % change

Number of Exporters (No.)
Total goods exporters
42 654
43 098
43 259
0.4
Total services exporters
3 564
3 577
3 422
-4.3
Total exporters(a)
45 193
45 623
45 581
-0.1
Value of Exports ($m)
Total goods exports
168 099
180 857
230 829
27.6
Total services exports
45 835
50 568
52 948
4.7
Total value of exports
213 934
231 425
283 777
22.6

(a) Total exporters only counts once those businesses which export both goods and services.

Total Number of Exporters
Graph: Total Number of Exporters

Key Points

  • The total number of exporters of goods and services in 2008-09 was 45,581, a slight decrease from 2007-08 (45,623).
  • Less than 1% of the total number of goods exporters had total value of exports worth $100m or more. This is an increase from 2007-08 by 22 exporters (9%). In 2008-09, these exporters contributed $192b (83%) by value to total goods exports.
  • 1% of the total number of services exporters had total value of services exports worth $100m or more. These exporters contributed 20% of the total value of services exports.
  • 67% of the total number of goods exporters had total value of exports less than $100,000, contributing $666m or less than 1% of the total value of goods exports.
  • There were 544 goods exporters in the Mining industry. Although these businesses represented 1% of the total number of goods exporters, they contributed $112b (48%) of the total value of goods exports.
  • There were 12,155 goods exporters in the Wholesale trade industry. Although these businesses represented 28% of the total number of goods exporters, they contributed $27b (12%) of the total value of goods exports.
  • The total value of Travel services exports was $31b, or 59% of total services exports.


NOTES


ABOUT THIS ISSUE

This publication presents an analysis of the characteristics and international trading activities of Australian exporters in 2008-09. The information is compiled as a by-product of producing regular monthly and quarterly statistics on Australia's merchandise trade and international trade in services. The first table presents an overview covering exporters of both goods and services. Tables 2 to 9 present more detailed information on goods exporters and Table 10 presents additional information on services exporters. These tables are available for free from the Downloads tab of this publication on the ABS website.


CHANGES TO TIME SERIES

The data set covers a total of three years: 2006-07, 2007-08, and 2008-09. There is a break in series between 2005-06 and 2006-07 due to the introduction of ANZSIC 2006 for goods. Comparisons to previously published data should be exercised with caution.


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact Andrew Gibbs on Canberra (02) 6252 5409.


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