1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Sep 2009  
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IMPORTS

  • In the June quarter 2009, Western Australia received its largest value of imports from the United States of America ($790 million), followed by Thailand ($630 million) and Japan ($592 million).
  • Notable falls in import values from Singapore (down $883 million) and the United Kingdom (down $451 million) occurred between the June quarter 2008 and June quarter 2009.



3 International Merchandise Trade(a), imports - top 10 countries: original

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

United States of America
724 578
929 829
789 758
Thailand
475 298
1 785 337
630 194
Japan
643 242
789 011
592 210
China
452 169
686 911
563 395
United Kingdom
935 535
244 366
484 683
United Arab Emirates
547 907
214 937
442 020
Singapore
1 301 822
1 429 554
418 517
Korea, Republic of
221 564
150 814
366 623
Indonesia
219 321
355 449
350 012
Malaysia
282 462
350 959
321 138
Total imports(b)
7 845 240
8 757 673
6 451 346

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



  • The total value of imports to Western Australia was 18% lower in the June quarter 2009 than in the June quarter 2008 ($6.4 billion compared with $7.8 billion).
  • Contributing to the decrease in import values over this 12 month period was Non-monetary gold, which dropped from $1.8 billion to $1.2 billion (down 35%).
  • Non-monetary gold continued to be the largest contributor to import values overall. Gold, in the form of leaf, foil, bullion and other fabricated gold products (including granules), is sent to Western Australia, where it is processed before exportation under a different commodity classification.
  • Ships, boats and floating structures also contributed to the fall in total import values, with a decrease of $600 million from the June quarter 2008.


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

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

MAJOR IMPORT COMMODITIES(b)

Gold, non-monetary
1 804 473
3 344 963
1 173 143
Crude petroleum oils
878 173
572 537
762 176
Refined petroleum oils
641 723
359 204
328 299
Passenger motor vehicles
430 322
224 110
246 051
Iron or steel tubes and pipes
82 181
274 870
231 522
Confidential items
226 312
262 943
196 339
Fertilisers
263 846
110 295
168 289
Other specialised industry machinery and equipment
119 292
118 635
148 943
Civil engineering plant and equipment
261 060
234 806
148 548
Motor vehicles for the transport of goods
279 988
215 582
94 817
Rubber tyres
101 906
78 357
77 187
Automatic data processing machines
39 737
36 632
34 553
Ships, boats and floating structures
631 433
82 514
13 743
Parts and accessories of office machines
6 914
7 116
8 570
Aircraft and associated equipment
124 412
11 216
4 258
Total imports(c)
7 845 240
8 757 673
6 451 346

(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) Customs value.
(c) Includes categories not listed.
Source: Source: ABS data available on request, International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia, cat. no. 5368.0.



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