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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/12/2006   
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Contents >> Trade >> Commodities imported from overseas

It is difficult to get a complete picture of Tasmania’s imports because only those goods imported directly into Tasmania from overseas are currently recorded by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). It is known that significant amounts of consumer goods, and raw materials for input into manufacturing processes, are imported from interstate, and are thus not recorded by the ABS as Tasmanian imports.

The most valuable import category in 2005-06 was pulp and waste paper, which accounted for 11.6% of the total. Cocoa was second, accounting for 8.9% of imports.

VALUE OF SELECTED OVERSEAS IMPORTS(a)(b)(c)

2004-05
2005-06
Change from
2004-05
Commodity
$’000
$’000
%

Pulp and waste paper
47,684
60,113
26.1
Cocoa
52,158
46,075
-11.7
General industrial machinery and equipment and machine parts
41,802
42,597
1.9
Power generating machinery and equipment
38,750
33,290
-14.1
Petroleum, petroleum products and related materials
46,412
30,321
-34.7
Electrical machinery and appliances
42,438
29,116
-31.4
Road vehicles
21,770
23,738
9.0
Machinery specilised for particular industries
20,755
22,668
9.2
Iron and steel
7,870
17,768
125.8
Fertilisers (excluding crude)
14,900
17,645
18.4
Other and confidential
265,932
192,825
-27.5
Total
600,471
516,156
-14.0


(a) The value for import duty purposes determined by Customs. The primary basis for its establishment is the price actually paid or payable, provided a number of conditions are met. The most important is that the buyer and seller must be independent. If these conditions are not met World Trade Organization (WTO) rules are used to determine the Customs value.

(b) Includes the top 10 overseas import commodities to Tasmania by value.
(c) Imported commodities subject to confidentiality restrictions are included in other and confidential (for more information see International Merchandise Trade, Australia, Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 5489.0) and International Merchandise Trade: Confidential Commodities List (cat. no.5372.0.55.001).
Source: ABS data available on request.




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