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CHANGES IN THIS AND FORTHCOMING ISSUES
CHANGE TO DATA ITEM DESCRIPTION FOR STANDARD INTERNATIONAL TRADE CLASSIFICATION (SITC) CODE 289
The data item description of SITC code 289 has been changed from 'Ores and concentrates of precious metals and waste, scrap and sweepings of precious metals (excl. of gold)' to 'Ores and concentrates of precious metals; waste, scrap and sweepings of precious metals (excl. of gold)'. This is to clarify that gold ores and concentrates are included in SITC 289. Waste, scrap and sweepings of gold are included in SITC 971, 'Gold, non-monetary (excl. gold ores and concentrates)'. This will only impact the data item description for the detailed data available from the Information and Referral Service and the data presented in the following Time Series Spreadsheets available on the ABS website with this publication:
AUSTRALIAN HARMONIZED EXPORT COMMODITY CLASSIFICATION (AHECC) CODES FOR 1 JULY 2012
The ABS implements minor updates to the statistical codes of the AHECC on 1 January and 1 July each year. There are no changes to AHECC codes for 1 July 2012.
AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMS TARIFF CODES FOR 1 JULY 2012
On 1 July 2012, there were changes to statistical codes under subheadings 0406.40.10, 8443.31.00, 8443.32.00, 8471.30.00, 8471.60.00 and 8528.72.00 in the Customs Tariff, which can be found on the Australian Customs and Border Protection website at http://www.customs.gov.au/tariff/tariff2012.asp.
A list of the new codes and their correspondences to previous codes can be found on the Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice No. 2012/31 which was released on 25 June 2012. The notice can be found on the Australian Customs and Border Protection website http://www.customs.gov.au. From the menu select
media, publications and forms and then customs notices, then select the link Australian Customs Notices and follow the link 2012/31. Alternatively you can access this notice directly through the following link http://www.customs.gov.au/notices/acn/default.asp.
Separate statistical codes for Roquefort and Stilton cheeses in Chapter 4 have been introduced to support food inspection requirements of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
The changes to the statistical codes for Chapters 84 and 85 facilitate the clearer identification of multifunction devices, laptops / other portable computers, scanners and televisions and will assist in the administration of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011). The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities is responsible for providing regulatory oversight of the Scheme.
AMENDMENTS TO EXISTING CUSTOMS TARIFF CODE CORRESPONDENCES
Changes have been made to Customs Tariff correspondences. These changes rectify errors in the correspondences published in the Information paper: Changes to AHECC and Customs Tariff, 2012 (cat. no. 5368.0.55.017) released on 8 December 2011.
The following are the correct correspondences for the Customs Tariff 2012 codes commencing with 8523.29.00.
There were changes to the free standing descriptors for the following codes: 7210300050, 7210300051, 7210300052, 7210610060, 7210610061 and 7210610062.
A full correspondence is available from the Classification Manager, International Trade.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org alternatively phone: (02) 6252 5409 or fax: (02) 6252 8003.
These changes also impact correspondences to ANZSIC 2006 and BoPBEC classifications for the following codes. SITC and BEC correspondences are not impacted.
These changes will result in the ANZSIC 2006 and BoPBEC series being revised back to January 2012. The revisions will be reflected in the following time series released with this issue:
CHANGES IN FORTHCOMING ISSUES
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED AND TREND ESTIMATES
The seasonally adjusted and trend estimates of goods and services on a balance of payments basis will be reviewed in the August 2012 issue of this publication as a result of the annual seasonal re-analysis. This re-analysis reviews the seasonal and trading day factors and assesses the appropriateness of any prior corrections.
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