Overview of Chemical Industry in Australia and How to Buy Chemicals

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Introduction to Australia

Population: 25.69 million

Capital: Canberra

Official Language: English

Total Area: 7.692 million km²

Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)

Economy of Australia

Economic Overview:

  • Australia is the 12th largest economy globally, with a GDP of $1.331 trillion.
  • By revenue, the biggest industries in Australia include metal and mining, energy, health care, consumer goods, and finance.

Economy Breakdown of Australia:

  • Services: 66.04%
  • Industry: 25.69%
  • Agriculture: 1.9%

Australia’s Main Import Partners:

  • China: 25.71%
  • United States: 11.84%
  • Japan:6.99%
  • Thailand:4.82%
  • Germany: 4.75%

Australia’s Main Export Partners:

  • China: 38.67%
  • Japan: 14.81%
  • South Korea: 6.56%
  • United Kingdom: 3.97%
  • United States: 3.82%

Chemical Use In Australia

The chemical industry has the 2nd largest manufacturing contribution in Australia. With over 64,000 jobs and supply contributions to 109 of 111 Australian industries, it adds $11.6 billion to the GDP. It also adds over $38 billion of value to other industries.

The industry spans influence over key industries of the Australian economy, including manufacturing, food and agriculture, medicine, pharmaceuticals, technology, and mining.

The country has tremendous potential and opportunities for chemical trade.

Here are the major chemical consuming  industries of Australia:

  • Petrochemical Industry

The petrochemical industry of Australia is a significant contributor to the GDP and accounts for 13% of exports. Though Australia has huge reserves of industrial chemicals, it still imports the majority of chemicals used in petrochemical products.

One prominent example is the import of Poly Vinyl Chloride by manufacturing companies and local businesses. Camachem has been serving them both for years.

  • Pulp, Paper, and Paper Board Industry

The pulp and paper industry employs close to 70,000 people and has a market share of $3.3 billion. The sector annually reprocesses 1.7 million tons of paper and exports another million tons.

One of the chemicals used in the industry and supplied by Camachem is Caustic Soda. Australia is the world’s largest importer of this chemical.

  • Mining Industry

With some of the largest mineral reserves in the world, the Australian mining industry has a market value of $291.6 billion, making it one of the major players in the country.

Camachem has been supplying chemicals like Sodium Sulfide and Activated Carbon to Australian mining companies for a long time.

Seaports And Trading Hubs Of Australia

Australia uses both sea and air routes for trade. The major seaports include:

  • Port of Brisbane
  • Port of a Melbourne
  • Port of Sydney
  • Port of Fremantle
  • Port of Hedland

Port of Brisbane

Camachem supplies chemicals via the Port of Brisbane, which has the largest capacity and traffic.

What Chemicals Does Australia Import?

In 2021, Australia imported  334 AUD million of organic chemicals and 92 AUD million of inorganic chemicals. Some of the major ones were:

What Regulations Are There On Importing Chemicals To Australia?

In Australia, importing industrial chemicals requires registration with the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) to ensure commercial purpose, safety, and allowance of chemicals.

The chemicals also need to comply with the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), which demands a consumer compliance guarantee, country of origin certificate, legal sales practices, product safety, and adherence to the prohibitions from the law.

Why Should Australia Import Chemicals?

· Better Pricing

International suppliers like Camachem offer relatively better prices. There are no extra costs.

· Quality

Compared to local markets, International suppliers maintain consistent product quality.

· Long-Term Deals

International suppliers can maintain long-term agreements spanning decades. With added benefits, customers prefer them over local markets with limitations.

Where Can I Buy Chemicals For Australia?

Camachem has an extensive clientele in Australia. To import quality chemicals, contact us at [email protected] or WhatsApp us at +86-131-2037-9271 for a FREE quotation.

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