Townsville Port is the largest container and automotive port in Northern Australia, supplying a population of nearly 800,000 people with essential things like fuel, gas, food, furniture, electrical goods, clothing and cars. Farmers export their products like sugar, frozen meat, cattle, fruit and vegetables and mining companies ship out commodities like copper, zinc, silver and lead. Townsville Port is designated by the Queensland Government as a Priority Port. This is because of the role it plays in servicing the largest city in Northern Australia and the vast mining and agricultural districts in Northern Queensland. Townsville Port also supports critical Defence operations and cruise tourism in the region, and will welcome more than 33,000 passengers and crew to Townsville in 2017/2018. 9,000 jobs are connected to the operation of the Port.