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NSW freight and ports network


The NSW freight network comprises roads, railway lines, ports and terminals, airports, pipelines and freight activity precincts.

NSW’s major ports of Port Botany, Port Jackson, Port Kembla and the Port of Newcastle are its trade gateways to the world. 

The NSW road network is almost 185,000 kilometres in length and carries more than 60 per cent of the freight moved in the State. The rail network carries about 33 per cent of the freight task. Typically, bulk commodities, such as coal and grain, are moved by rail while commodities transported in smaller quantities are moved by road.

NSW freight mode share for selected commodities (2011)


Airports are primarily an Australian Government responsibility. The NSW Government plays an important role in supporting the land side transport task for air freight movements into and out of NSW.

In 2014, the freight task at Sydney Airport totalled 517,000 tonnes of cargo, of which 408,000 tonnes was international freight.

Pipelines offer a solution for the efficient, safe and cost effective transportation of fuels. They can improve safety and reduce congestion by removing fuel tankers from our roads, lower fuel distribution costs and improve supply chain productivity.

Intermodal terminals provide for the connection between road and rail freight tasks.   In NSW there are 46 operational intermodal freight terminals located throughout the metropolitan and regional areas of NSW.

Sydney freight corridors and precincts