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Australian exporters by the numbers, 2014-15(4)

Published on 2016-06-29

In the case of services exporters, while in absolute terms growth in the combined number of micro-exporters and SMEx accounted for 244 of the overall increase of 260 services exporters (both up by more than seven per cent), the mega-exporter category saw greater proportional growth, with an increase of 17 exporters (up 18 per cent).

By sector, every category of goods exporter saw an increase in the absolute number of exporters, although the biggest increase (of more than 2,000 exporters) came in the ‘unidentified by industry’ category. Notably, 2014-15 saw the addition of almost 300 new manufacturing exporters.

In the case of services, the biggest increases in numbers were in telecommunications, computer and information services and in financial services.

Finally, in terms of markets (ranked by the top 15 in terms of exporter numbers), the biggest increases in exporter numbers in 2014-15 were to Hong Kong (which saw more than 1,000 new exporters)8, New Zealand (up by more than 900), the United States (up by more than 800) and the United Kingdom (up by more than 500).

Only two of the top 15 markets – Malaysia and Singapore – experienced a small drop in the number of exporters in 2014-15.


1  For detail, see the ABS explanatory notes.
2  That said, the ABS continues to caution that there is no accurate methodology to calculate the overlap between goods and services exporters, so the total figure remains a ‘careful estimate’.
3  It’s important to remember that the exporter count for services exporters is only a partial one. The ABS count excludes businesses that only supply goods or services to foreign tourists or students in Australia (known as supply mode 2), such as hotels, restaurants, retail businesses, tourist facilities, transport businesses, theatres, and educational institutions. In theory, these businesses should be included in counts of exporters but estimates are compiled from information obtained from the consumers of these services rather than the businesses providing them. In addition, the count also excludes Australian-owned businesses located overseas supplying services (and/or goods) to or from the country in which they are located (supply mode 3 - usually called foreign affiliates trade). And while the services count does capture the other two modes of services supply (modes 1 and 4) it does not include smaller and/or occasional exporters in this category.
4  Note that firms may export more than one type of service.
5  Because of the limited coverage of services exports set out in note 3, we have data on services exporters that account for a combined total of just $22.1 billion of services exports. That leaves a further $41 billion of services exports (or 65 per cent of total services exports) for which we don’t have a corresponding exporter count.
6  The data on exporter numbers by market is only available for goods exporters.
7  Based on the BIS broad real exchange rate series.
8  Exporter numbers to ‘Greater China’ (Hong Kong plus China) were up by more than 1,300.

(Australian Government Australian Trade and Investment Commission)