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Sea freight

ME001 Exports and imports by port — value (billion dollars)

Tauranga accounts for about 44% of exports by value, while Auckland accounts for 51% of imports by value. Tauranga is the fastest growing port — the export value of freight from Tauranga has grown by more than 250% in the last 10 years.

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ME002 Export and import volume by port (gross weight million tonnes)

Compared to exports and imports by value, exports and imports by weight are spread more widely across a number of ports, although Tauranga accounts for about 35% of exports. The weight of exports has grown much more quickly than the weight of imports.

The weight of exports has also grown much more quickly than the value of exports (compare to ME001); this is probably explained by the growth in log exports (see ME003), which have a low value per tonne.

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ME003 Bulk commodity exports by port and commodity (million tonnes)

Log exports have grown very quickly since 2008, and now account for the majority of New Zealand exports by tonnage. 

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ME004 Containerised commodity exports by port and commodity (million tonnes)

The Port of Tauranga is New Zealand's dominant container port, accounting for close to half of containerised exports by weight. Containerised exports through Tauranga have grown especially rapidly since 2008.

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