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8504.0 - Sales of Australian Wine and Brandy by Winemakers, Jul 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/09/2008   
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EXPORTS OF AUSTRALIAN PRODUCED WINE


ANNUAL EXPORTS OF AUSTRALIAN PRODUCED WINE

The graph below shows a fall from last year in the quantity of exports of Australian produced wine. In 2007-08 wine exports totalled 717 million litres, a fall of 8.9% from the 787 million litres exported in 2006-07. Further, the volume of Australian made wine exported in 2007-08 was 0.7% lower than the volume in 2005-06 (722 million litres). Apart from a fall in 1994-95, the 1990s saw a steady increase in Australian wine exported. The 1992-93 period saw Australia export more than 100 million litres for the first time. More than 300 million litres of wine sold to overseas markets during 2000-01, reaching the high of 787 million litres in 2006-07.

Exports of Australian produced wine, Annual totals: Original
Graph: Exports of Australian produced wine, Annual Totals, Original



EXPORTS OF WHITE AND RED/ROSÉ TABLE WINE

In original terms, 64.8 million litres of Australian produced wine were exported in July 2008, an increase of 22.4% on June 2008 and a fall of 14.4% on July 2007. In July 2008, 25.2 million litres of Australian produced white table wine were exported, an increase of 21.6% on last month and a fall of 4.7% on July 2007. Australian producers exported 37.7 million litres of red and rosé table wine in July 2008, an increase of 20.7% from last month and an 20.7% decrease on July 2007.

EXPORTS OF TABLE WINE BY TYPE: Original
Graph: Exports of Table wine by Type, Original



UNIT VALUE OF WINE EXPORTS

In original terms, the value of the wine exported this month (64.8 million litres) was $218.1m, an increase of 18.9% in value from June 2008. The average value of Australian wine exported in July 2008 was $3.37 per litre, down from $3.47 per litre last month and also down from $3.67 per litre in July 2007.

UNIT VALUE OF WINE EXPORTS: Original
Graph: Unit Value of Wine Exports, Original



DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ABS AND AWBC WINE EXPORT FIGURES

The value of wine exports reported in this publication is derived by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) from customs export records and the ABS converts the value on the day of shipment, at the daily conversion rate (see paragraph 10 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail). The Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation (AWBC) also report the value of exports and the exporter makes the conversion when submitting wine for export approval. With the AWBC method, it is expected that some of the conversions will occur at hedged rates. This does not occur with the ABS method. For July, the value reported by the ABS was $218.1m, while the AWBC value was $225.3m. When the Australian exchange rate is moving significantly the alternative methods will result in diverging valuations.


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