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5368.0 - International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia, Sep 2012 Quality Declaration 
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CHANGES IN THIS AND FORTHCOMING ISSUES


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

PRELIMINARY QUARTERLY VOLUME AND PRICE ESTIMATES

Preliminary estimates for the quarterly goods import volume measures and implicit price deflators which were previously released every third issue of this publication will no longer be available. These estimates will now be released in a new electronic publication, Balance of Payments - Goods and Services, Preliminary Quarterly Estimates (cat. no. 5302.0.55.004), to be introduced on 27 November 2012, one week before the release of the publication Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, Australia (cat. no. 5302.0). This publication will include preliminary quarterly estimates of the current price balance on goods and services and preliminary quarterly estimates of chain volume measures and price indexes for goods debits.


AMENDMENT OF CONFIDENTIALITY RESTRICTION

A change has been made to a confidentiality restriction released in the International Merchandise Trade: Confidential Commodities List, Sep 2012 (cat. no. 5372.0.55.001) initially released on 9 October 2012. The confidentiality restriction on exports commodity code 17011400 'Raw cane sugar (excl. that specified in Subheading Note 2 to Chapter 17), in solid form, not containing added flavouring or colouring matter' will continue as 'No commodity details' rather than be amended to 'No country details' and 'No state details' as advised in the initial release. A revised version of International Merchandise Trade: Confidential Commodities List, Sep 2012 (cat. no. 5372.0.55.001) was released on 24 October 2012 and is currently available on the ABS website. This change does not impact on statistics in this publication.


CHANGES IN FORTHCOMING ISSUES

CHANGES TO STATISTICS PRESENTED ON A COUNTRY BASIS

From the October 2012 issue of this publication, there will be changes to the ABS trade country classification and to the composition of the Developing Countries category which will impact on time series spreadsheets. The changes result from the recognition of new countries by the United Nations and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

INTRODUCTION OF NEW COUNTRIES

Two new countries 'South Sudan' and 'Sudan' will be added to the time series tables containing all countries. These changes will be applied from the October 2012 issue.

The country previously known as 'Sudan' will have its label amended to 'Former Sudan' and will cease from the October 2012 reference month.

Time series affected in this publication are: Tables 14a, 14b, 36a-36j and 37a-37h. The new time series IDs for these new country codes are shown below:

Time Series IDs
Tables
South Sudan
Sudan

14a. MERCHANDISE EXPORTS, Country and Country Groups, FOB Value
A82186086T
A82186085R
14b. MERCHANDISE IMPORTS, Country and Country Groups, Customs Value
A82186083K
A82186084L
36a. MERCHANDISE EXPORTS, State of Origin New South Wales, by Country and Country Groups, FOB Value
A82186132V
A82186121L
36b. MERCHANDISE EXPORTS, State of Origin Victoria, by Country and Country Groups, FOB Value
A82186133W
A82186122R
36c. MERCHANDISE EXPORTS, State of Origin Queensland, by Country and Country Groups, FOB Value
A82186134X
A82186123T
36d. MERCHANDISE EXPORTS, State of Origin South Australia, by Country and Country Groups, FOB Value
A82186135A
A82186124V
36e. MERCHANDISE EXPORTS, State of Origin Western Australia, by Country and Country Groups, FOB Value
A82186136C
A82186125W
36f. MERCHANDISE EXPORTS, State of Origin Tasmania, by Country and Country Groups, FOB Value
A82186137F
A82186126X
36g. MERCHANDISE EXPORTS, State of Origin Northern Territory, by Country and Country Groups, FOB Value
A82186138J
A82186127A
36h. MERCHANDISE EXPORTS, State of Origin Australian Capital Territory, by Country and Country Groups, FOB Value
A82186140V
A82186129F
36i. MERCHANDISE EXPORTS, State of Origin Not Available, by Country and Country Groups, FOB Value
A82186141W
A82186130R
36j. MERCHANDISE EXPORTS, Re-exports, by Country and Country Groups, FOB Value
A82186142X
A82186131T
37a. MERCHANDISE IMPORTS, State of Destination New South Wales, by Country and Country Groups, Customs Value
A82186112K
A82186103J
37b. MERCHANDISE IMPORTS, State of Destination Victoria, by Country and Country Groups, Customs Value
A82186113L
A82186104K
37c. MERCHANDISE IMPORTS, State of Destination Queensland, by Country and Country Groups, Customs Value
A82186114R
A82186105L
37d. MERCHANDISE IMPORTS, State of Destination South Australia, by Country and Country Groups, Customs Value
A82186115T
A82186106R
37e. MERCHANDISE IMPORTS, State of Destination Western Australia, by Country and Country Groups, Customs Value
A82186116V
A82186107T
37f. MERCHANDISE IMPORTS, State of Destination Tasmania, by Country and Country Groups, Customs Value
A82186117W
A82186108V
37g. MERCHANDISE IMPORTS, State of Destination Northern Territory, by Country and Country Groups, Customs Value
A82186118X
A82186109W
37h. MERCHANDISE IMPORTS, State of Destination Australian Capital Territory, by Country and Country Groups, Customs Value
A82186119A
A82186110F



Table 14 of this publication showing data for selected countries on a merchandise trade basis will not be changed.

CHANGES TO ABS TRADE OVERSEAS PORT CLASSIFICATION

Changes will also be made to the ABS trade overseas port classification for the new countries, however, there will be no changes to publication tables or time series spreadsheets. Port data are available via tailored user pays consultancies. Details of the changes are as follows:

Country

SUDA currently known as 'Sudan' will be re-labelled to 'Former Sudan'

New country codes:

SUDN Sudan

SSUD South Sudan

Port
Port code ceasing September 2012
Port code commencing October 2012

Port Sudan
736 001
735 001
Other and Unspec ports- Fmr Sudan
736 449
Other and unspec ports-Sudan
735 449
ALL PORTS-SOUTH SUDAN
737 449



CHANGES TO THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES CATEGORY

From the October 2012 issue of this publication the composition of the Developing Countries category published in table 14 and time series spreadsheets 14a, 14b, 36a-36j and 37a-37h will be updated to include Serbia and Papua New Guinea and exclude Western Sahara. The new composition will apply to the whole time series.

AMENDMENTS TO COUNTRIES AND COUNTRY GROUPS

From the October 2012 issue of this publication the countries and country groups included in tables 36a-36j and 37a-37i will be amended to match the listings in tables 14a and 14b, with the exception of the country group 'Euro Area' which will not be added to tables 36a-36j and 37a-37i. Mock-ups of the updated time series spreadsheets 14a, 14b, 36a-36j and 37a-37h and new time series spreadsheet 37i (see below) as they will appear in the forthcoming issue of this publication are available from the 'Downloads' tab on the ABS web site <www.abs.gov.au> from this current issue.


INTRODUCTION OF NEW TIME SERIES SPREADSHEET

From the October 2012 issue of this publication a new time series spreadsheet 37i. MERCHANDISE IMPORTS, State of Destination Not Available, by Country and Country Groups, Customs Value will be introduced.


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