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Origin and destination of freight


We have drawn on industry advice and data from state and national sources to establish a picture of commodity movements between origins and destinations across regions in NSW. More than 72 different commodities are modelled in our Strategic Freight Model.

Commodity flows

The largest export commodity flows by Statistical Local Area (based on 2011 data) are:

  • Hunter: Significant volumes of coal are moved to the Port of Newcastle and several other important commodities are produced.
  • Central West: Mining and agricultural production (especially grain) dominate the transport network.
  • Sydney metropolitan area: Export and import products, typically in containers, are transported through Port Botany. These products range from agricultural exports to imported consumer goods, such as electronics and whitegoods.
  • Illawarra: Port Kembla is a major trading port that exports coal, grain and other products, and imports motor vehicles.
  • South West: This region is a major producer of food, such as fruit, grains, rice and wine. Producers can make a choice between transporting products south to Melbourne or north to Port Kembla or Sydney.
  • North West: A major agricultural production area with products such as grain and cotton. This region can make transport choices between moving north to Brisbane or south to Newcastle or Sydney.

Largest export commodity flows by Statistical Local Area


Top 10 NSW inter regional freight flows 2011