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Auditing Australian construction industry’s dependency on China to improve construction supply chain resilience

EasyChair Preprint no. 7043

8 pagesDate: November 14, 2021


Along with the global economic growth and the prevalence of global trade, uncertain and turbulent markets can lead to construction supply chain vulnerabilities and disruptions. Since China’s accession to the World Trade Organization in 2001, its success at manufacturing has resulted in the decline of manufacturing capacity in many advanced economies including Australia. Over the last decade, Australia has increased its imports of construction materials and products from China. The aim of this audit is to identify all construction materials and products imported into Australia and assess its dependency on China. A measure of dependency is defined based on the proportion of imported products supplied by China, net import of the commodity into Australia, and China’s global market share of these products. The import audit was carried out on the United Nations Comtrade database at the 2-digit and 4-digit Harmonised System of goods and services. The audit indicates that the Australian construction industry is strategically dependent on China for numerous construction materials and products. The main goods that the Australian construction industry exhibits a strategic dependency on China are ceramic products, glass and glassware, and furniture. Adopting the Herfindahl-Hirschman measure of concentration, the import concentration was observed to be significantly higher than the export concentration globally indicating that the Australian construction sector has exhibited a significant preference for products from China over its competitors. Th research will improve the resilience of the supply of construction materials into Australia and contribute to supply chain resilience theory.

Keyphrases: Australia, China, Strategic Dependence, Supply Chain Resilience

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  author = {Jinyun Liu and Toong Khuan Chan and Guilherme Luz Tortorella},
  title = {Auditing Australian construction industry’s dependency on China to improve construction supply chain resilience},
  howpublished = {EasyChair Preprint no. 7043},

  year = {EasyChair, 2021}}
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