1345.4 - SA Stats, Feb 2010  
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INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE


EXPORTS AND IMPORTS

On a recorded trade basis, the value of South Australia's exports in December 2009 was $673m; an increase of 2.5% over November 2009 ($657m) but 24.3% lower than the value recorded in December 2008 ($889m).

In December 2008, the export of motor vehicles (15.8%), wine (14.6%) and wheat (11.0%) accounted for approximately 40% of all South Australian exports. In December 2009 the export of wine (15.8%), meat (8.1%) and various metals including lead (6.4%), iron ore (6.2%) and copper (5.0%) were the most significant commodities exported. The contribution of wheat and motor vehicles had fallen to 4.1% and 1.5% respectively.

The value of Australian merchandise exports for December 2009 was $16,323m; 21.7% lower than the corresponding month of the previous year ($20,858m).

The value of South Australian merchandise imports fell 9.4% to $581m in December 2009. In the last three months of 2009 the value of imports ($1,762m) was 9.8% lower than the value recorded in the corresponding quarter of the previous year ($1,954m).

The value of Australian merchandise imports for December 2009 was $17,662m; a slight increase (0.6%) over the previous month but 12.3% lower than the value recorded in December of the previous year ($20,142m).

VALUE OF INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE EXPORTS AND IMPORTS (a), on a recorded trade basis, South Australia
Graph: VALUE OF INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE EXPORTS AND IMPORTS (a), on a recorded trade basis, South Australia