In 2012 the New South Wales government announced a tender for the sale of the Port of Sydney. A consortium was formed comprising a major Australian funds management company and a Canadian Superannuation fund to bid for the purchase the Port. Prior to placing their bid the consortium commissioned TradeData International to undertake a long term analysis of trade flows through the Port of Sydney – analysing Sydney’s performance relative to other Australian ports. The analyses undertaken were both for exports and imports; by major products; by regions and countries around the world; with some focus on trade to and from ports in China. In addition, TradeData developed models for estimating port trade flows in terms of TEUs for most of these analyses.