1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Sep 2009  
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EXPORTS

  • Western Australia's trade surplus ($11 billion) in the June quarter 2009 was 8% lower than the surplus in the same quarter of the previous year.



  • The value of exports from Western Australia was 12% lower in the June quarter 2009 than in the corresponding quarter of 2008, down from $20 billion to less than $18 billion.
  • China was the state's main export destination, receiving goods from Western Australia to the value of $6.6 billion. This was $918 million higher than in the same quarter of the previous year, mainly due to iron ore exports.
  • Over the year the value of exports to India rose by 48% to $2.2 billion. Non-monetary gold, to the value of $1.9 billion, accounted for 90% of the total value of exports to India in the June quarter 2009.
  • The value of exports to Japan fell again in the June quarter, having dropped by $1.2 billion from the same quarter of the previous year. In addition, exports to the United States of America fell in value to $191 million, 70% lower than in the June quarter 2008.


1 International Merchandise Trade(a), exports - top 10 countries: original

EXPORTS
Jun 08
Mar 09
Jun 09
Country
$'000
$'000
$'000

China
5 682 478
7 490 011
6 600 885
Japan
3 761 435
3 636 091
2 574 043
India
1 455 068
1 257 285
2 155 434
Korea, Republic of
1 545 098
1 670 126
1 365 484
Singapore
929 123
700 575
734 405
Thailand
737 008
334 141
614 654
United Kingdom
769 784
4 048 182
534 535
Taiwan
317 482
350 326
317 901
Indonesia
281 852
271 288
270 417
United States of America
648 477
314 728
191 129
Total Exports(b)
19 950 895
23 147 517
17 576 272

(a) Free on board (f.o.b.) value
(b) Includes countries not listed.
Source: Source: ABS data available on request, International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia, cat. no. 5368.0.


  • Iron ore and concentrates and Non-monetary gold continued to be the leading exports from Western Australia, with export values of $6.8 billion and $3.3 billion respectively in the June quarter 2009.
  • The export value of Iron ore and concentrates was $110 million (1.6%) higher than the value for the June quarter 2008.
  • The export value of Non-monetary gold was $314 million (10.5%) higher than for the June quarter 2008.
  • In contrast, Crude petroleum oils decreased in value by 47% over the same 12 month period.

2 International Merchandise Trade(a), by major commodity - original

Jun 08
Mar 09
Jun 09
Category of the SITC
$'000
$'000
$'000

MAJOR EXPORT COMMODITIES(b)

Iron ore and concentrates
6 692 867
8 723 854
6 803 150
Gold, non-monetary
2 995 691
5 551 654
3 310 054
Confidential items
2 368 044
2 038 117
1 580 820
Crude petroleum oils
2 710 425
1 556 685
1 445 887
Natural gas
1 398 901
1 704 375
1 200 039
Wheat
698 948
829 641
648 613
Nickel
184 970
133 819
198 466
Pigments, paints, varnishes and related materials
90 094
84 434
143 087
Liquefied propane and butane
157 882
126 542
124 653
Live animals
70 675
102 705
121 107
Nickel ores and concentrates
393 663
171 231
118 489
Ores and concentrates of base metal
277 405
156 839
106 266
Wool and other animal hair
71 672
85 277
96 788
Crustaceans, molluscs and aquatic invertebrates
100 481
96 195
93 599
Refined petroleum oils
124 870
70 390
78 855
Total exports(c)
19 950 895
23 147 517
17 576 272

(a) Care should be taken when comparing with commodities data prior to July 2005. For full details about changes to international trade statistics, users should refer to the Information Paper: Impact of introducing Revision 4 of the Standard International Trade Classification, 2008 (cat.no. 5368.0.55.10).
(b) Free on board (f.o.b.) value.
(c) Includes categories not listed.
Source: Source: ABS data available on request, International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia, cat. no. 5368.0.



To view Excel spreadsheet: International Merchandise Trade


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