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5302.0 - Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, Australia, Mar 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/06/2009   
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GOODS DEBITS CONFIDENTIALITY


CHANGES TO IMPORT CONFIDENTIALITY RESTRICTIONS

The confidentiality treatment associated with imports of civil aircraft, and described in the December quarter 2008 issue of this publication, is continued in this issue.

Prior to the September 2008 reference month, all import commodities subject to either a 'no commodity details' or 'no value details' confidentiality restriction are included in the Other merchandise goods series. For the September to November 2008 reference months, all import commodities with these restrictions are included in the Civil aircraft series. From the December 2008 reference month, the Civil aircraft series and all other commodities subject to either a 'no commodity details' or 'no value details' restriction are included in the Capital goods n.e.s. series.

The quarterly current price imported goods series presented in this publication are the sum of the relevant months. This means that all the commodities subject to confidentiality restrictions described above are included in the Capital goods n.e.s. estimate for the March quarter 2009. The estimate for March quarter 2009 is not directly comparable to any earlier quarters.

As a result of the change in the composition of the series, trend estimates for the Capital goods n.e.s. series have been suppressed for December quarter 2008 and March quarter 2009 in the relevant spreadsheets. Care should be taken when interpreting the Capital goods n.e.s. series in publication tables 5, 8, 10, 12 and 14 and in related electronic spreadsheets.


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