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International Merchandise Trade Statistics

Name of Collection
International Merchandise Trade Statistics

Contact

For queries on International Trade statistics:
Assistant Director
International Trade Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics
PO Box 10
BELCONNEN ACT 2616

Telephone: Canberra 02 6252 5411 (exports) or 02 6252 5313 (imports)
Facsimile: Canberra 02 6252 7438

For data requests and client services:
Assistant Director
Information Consultancy Section

Telephone: Canberra 02 6252 6622
Facsimile: Canberra 02 6252 7102
Email:
client.services@abs.gov.au
Internet:
www.abs.gov.au


Purpose

To measure Australian exports and imports of goods and provide inputs to major economic statistics such as the Balance of Payments and the National Accounts. Output is also used to: analyse changes in the commodity composition of exports and imports; examine regional trading patterns and directions; and formulate and review trade policy.

Description
Merchandise trade covers all moveable goods which add to (imports) or subtract from (exports) Australia's stock of material resources, as a result of their movement into or out of Australia.

Data are compiled from information submitted by exporters and importers or their agents to the Australian Customs Service (ACS).

Data Detail

Data are available for exports, imports (goods which cross the Customs frontier into Australia in a particular period) and imports cleared for home consumption (goods which enter the Australian domestic market in a particular period).

The information available includes:

        • Detailed commodity information;
        • Value of goods;
        • Quantity of goods;
        • Gross weight of goods for
              Exports by commodity;

              Total imports - from 1 July 1992 onwards;
        • Overseas country
        • Country of origin for imports and import clearances;
        • Country of final destination for exports;
        • Overseas port (from 1 July 1992 onwards)
              Port of loading for imports;

              Port of discharge for exports;
        • Australian State and port
              State of discharge and State of final destination for imports;

              State of final destination for import clearances;

              State of origin and State of loading for exports;
        • Mode of transport;
        • Nature of entry details (imports and import clearances);
        • Import duty rates, amount of duty paid on goods cleared for Australian consumption (import clearances), and other duty information.

International merchandise trade commodity statistics can be provided classified according to the third revision of the United Nations'
Standard International Trade Classification (SITC Rev 3) or the World Customs Organisation's Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS); by broad economic categories (BEC); and by industry of origin (ANZSIC).

Geographic Coverage

Australia.

Frequency of Data Availability

Data are available monthly. Any aggregation of months can be provided.

Historical Data

Detailed statistics for reference periods from January 1998 are readily available. Statistics for earlier periods are also available, though not at the same level of detail.

Products and Services

Publications
For exports and imports statistics:

International Merchandise Trade, Australia (cat. no. 5422.0)-a quarterly publication available 35 working days after the end of the quarter to which it refers.

For imports statistics only:

International Merchandise Imports, Australia (cat. no. 5439.0)-a monthly publication available 12 working days after the end of the month to which it refers.
Other
        • The international merchandise trade statistics consultancy service provides a wide range of information specifically tailored to clients' needs. Information is available on an ad hoc or subscription basis and can be provided on a range of media.
        • Time series data in publication format are available from January 1998 onwards. Publications covering earlier periods are available for consultation in ABS libraries.
        • International Trade Information Kit: outlines concepts and definitions, classifications, confidentiality, data availability, and products and services.


Example of Information Available


The following table shows a sample of data relating to exports and imports of machinery and equipment and transport equipment. A more detailed table is available on request.


EXPORTS AND IMPORTS OF TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT

Dec Qtr 1999
Mar Qtr 2000
Jun Qtr 2000
Exports
Imports
Exports
Imports
Exports
Imports
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

Machinery and transport equipment
Road vehicles (incl. air-cushion vehicles)
864
3075
649
2930
694
3495
Motor vehicles principally designed for transport of persons
631
1637
445
1547
457
1897
Motor vehicles for the transport of goods and special purpose motor vehicles
31
601
21
549
30
680
Road motor vehicles (incl. public transport)
5
107
2
97
3
100
Parts, nes and accessories of motor vehicles
185
520
167
559
187
652
Motorcycles (incl. mopeds) and cycles, motorized and non-motorized; invalid carriages
5
174
9
141
13
131
Trailers/semi-trailers; vehicles not mechanically propelled, specially designed transport containers
6
36
4
36
4
33
Transport equipment (excl. road vehicles)
793
2223
300
1155
359
1072
Railway vehicles (incl. hovertrains) and associated equipment
12
15
5
13
8
16
Aircraft and associated equipment; spacecraft
152
1268
127
1108
151
1020
Ships, boats (incl. hovercraft) and floating structures
629
940
169
34
200
36





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