Queensland Coal Production Drives Record Export Figures

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics trade figures have revealed that the value of Queensland exports has surged over the past year to yet another record high for the state.

This follows 12 consecutive months of record annual totals for the state, with the value of exports rising 18.4 per cent to $84.3 billion for the year to March 2019.

The largest contributor to the results is Queensland’s biggest exporter – coal, which makes up 40 per cent of the state’s total exports.

High-quality coal supports the jobs of more than 215,000 people and has benefited from increased demand from Asia, which uses Australia’s metallurgical coal to make steel.