Welcome to MariTrade's latest product an on-line airfreight statistics service updated monthly showing tables of commodities to/from Australia's main trading partners. The commodity tables are a market research tool for those involved in international air freight. See

This product will suit those organisations that need to be kept up to date with the latest air freight statistics for both Imports and Exports, which can then be provided for the information of the general public, members, or staff.
A live example of how this works can be found at:


Subscription Service provides extracts of Australian imports and exports airfreight for the main Australian airports to and from the top ten countries. Subscribers can access reports for the top twenty countries for the main Australian airports and total Australia. Tables of commodities by load (imports) and discharge (exports) country are provided for each airport.
Casual visitors can read the tables on line while subscribers can download spreadsheet files directly from the website for further processing and market share analysis. The tables are a market research tool for those involved in international air freight.

Where does the data come from?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases international trade data in raw form each month. This data is originally compiled by importers, exporters and forwarders as part of their commitment to reporting international trade data to Australian Customs.
ABS applies some confidentiality constraints on sensitive products and then sells the raw data to MariTrade and others. The raw data is then processed by an intuitive and sophisticated SQL search engine including all Australian air and sea freight.
The database was originally developed in 1982 to process export and import trade data as a market research tool for the international transport industries. It is now in version 6.3 and is regularly upgraded and improved to meet the needs of our customers.

What is in the database?

All products and commodities imported to and exported from Australia. Currently more than 100 000 records are updated every month. Products are classified under the international standard for commodity descriptions known as the Harmonised System (HS) code. The Australian version of the HS code is known as the Australian Harmonised Export Classification Code (AHECC).
For exports the database includes commodity records of all States, all ports, all countries of destination and discharge and all discharge ports. For imports the database includes commodity records for all countries of origin, all load countries and load ports, all Australian discharge ports and all states.

How reliable is the data?

Over the past two decades we have found that ABS trade data is the most consistent and reliable source of international freight data. However, there are bound to be mistakes in data entry and we have developed techniques, in partnership with our users' group, to amend obvious data errors to smooth the data where necessary. Each month we analyse the raw data and smooth the errors to produce reliable and consistent reports. All amendments to the data are recorded in our in-house audit files.

Specialised or Tailored Reports

The website essentially contains only a summary of the data and reports available from our database. Airfreight reports on specific countries or trade areas, commodity groups such as perishables, high value manufactures and interstate leakages from/to each airport can be provided to specification.

Support and upgrades?

Website support is available by phone during normal working hours. The site is constantly under review to improve content, relevance and performance. Each monthly update from ABS contains new commodity codes, changes to port codes and so on. These are incorporated into the database before publishing on the website.
The development and support team consists of three experts with many years experience of database programming and detailed application management relating to Australia's international freight task.
Representatives of each airport are members of an active users' group and have considerable influence on the presentation and management of the site.

How often is the data updated?

Data on each airport is updated every month. There are also six-monthly summaries. The "top 15" countries list is reviewed every six months.

Origin/Destination versus Load/Discharge reports are listed by country of loading (for imports) and country of discharge (for exports). These reports provide the record of freight which is transported directly between the load and discharge country and hence the load/discharge port.
Records of freight by country of origin and destination include freight which is transhipped through intermediate ports which can distort the freight picture between any two given countries or ports.

Cost? reports are supplied free of charge to the international freight community. It is financed as a community service by the airports registered on the site. The website is owned, maintained and updated by MariTrade which also owns the freight database.

How can help my business?

The reports on the website are provide a useful indicator of freight movements by commodity and country. As such they are a powerful market research tool for freight managers. The reports are generated by a sophisticated database which records all cargoes moving to and from each airport and state in Australia to each country and port of load or discharge, thus indicating the total airfreight market available by various measures such as by product line, by commodity, by country and by port.
The reports for each airport are generated to standards agreed by the airports listed using a common process of audit. The same data filtering and processing procedures are applied to each airport, cross-checked against totals and against cumulative data to provide consistent and reliable information on Australia's airfreight industry.
An important feature is the ability to track movements of specific commodities by country. This function is used intensively by some to concentrate marketing focus on high value products where freight cost is a secondary issue to speed. Filtering out low value commodities maximises revenue yield.