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​The Port of Fremantle - vitally important transport infrastructure

In a nation that depends on trade, a healthy maritime sector is essential to the development and success of the national economy and our national competitiveness. Fremantle Port is vitally important transport infrastructure, supporting investment and economic growth and contributing to the local and State economy.

Each ship visit to the Port of Fremantle creates the equivalent of 3.3 full-time jobs for one year and in 2016-17 there were 1,868 visits (excluding navy). As well as the direct employment it generates, Fremantle Port is linked to thousands of jobs in the many enterprises that depend on trade and contribute to household income. More than 2,000 people are directly employed in the public and private sector and almost 6,000 jobs are directly and indirectly generated by the port.

In 2016-17, Fremantle Ports' profit before tax equivalent was $68.25 million with $43.2 million returned to the Western Australia Government through tax equivalents and dividends. Port tenants contributed more than $2 million in rates to the City of Fremantle.

Trade with East, South East and Southern Asia amounted to 64.5 per cent of total port trade, the Middle East trade accounted for 13.1 per cent and Australian coastal trade accounted for 9.6 per cent. 

Total port trade was 35.31 million mass tonnes with a value of more than $26.0 billion.