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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Feb 2013 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/03/2013   
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FEBRUARY KEY FIGURES

December 2012
January 2013
February 2013
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
808
840
780
Beverages and tobacco
173
166
142
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
164
176
177
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
3 319
3 225
3 421
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
44
47
39
Chemicals and related products, n.e.s.
1 748
1 959
1 908
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 921
2 216
1 940
Machinery and transport equipment
7 412
7 283
6 571
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 220
2 371
2 384
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
602
673
509
TOTAL
18 412
18 956
17 871





FEBRUARY KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the February 2013 merchandise imports were $17,871m, a decrease of $1,085m (6%) on the revised January 2013 merchandise imports of $18,956m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods debits (imports) on a balance of payments basis in original terms fell $1,562m (8%) between January and February 2013.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, goods debits fell $241m (1%) from $20,717m in January 2013 to $20,476m in February 2013. Capital goods fell $253m (4%) with civil aircraft and confidentialised items down $132m (45%) and capital goods n.e.s. down $124m (9%), and non-monetary gold fell $32m (9%). Intermediate and other merchandise goods rose $41m and consumption goods rose $3m.


REVISIONS
  • Revisions have been made to April 2010, June 2010, December 2010, September 2011, May 2012, and August 2012 to January 2013 to incorporate the latest administrative data relating to international merchandise trade.
  • The preliminary balance of payments debits estimates incorporate the latest available data.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
March 2013 17 April 2013
April 2013 16 May 2013
May 2013 19 June 2013
June 2013 17 July 2013
July 2013 20 August 2013
August 2013 17 September 2013



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