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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Nov 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/12/2005   
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NOVEMBER KEY FIGURES

September 2005
October 2005
November 2005
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
501
478
573
Beverages and tobacco
102
106
119
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
188
138
172
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
1 479
1 723
1 630
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
32
29
38
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 533
1 369
1 684
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 589
1 506
1 712
Machinery and transport equipment
6 032
5 847
6 849
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 025
2 066
2 151
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
252
130
269
TOTAL
13 733
13 393
15 196



NOVEMBER KEY POINTS


NOTES

INTRODUCTION


This publication presents statistics of Australia's merchandise imports classified according to the broadest level (1 digit sections) of the United Nations Standard International Trade Classification. The data are compiled from information submitted by importers or their agents to the Australian Customs Service. For more details see the ABS publication International Merchandise Trade, Australia: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 5489.0) which is accessible on the ABS web site.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON NOVEMBER 2005 IMPORTS


Due to the implementation of the imports component of the Customs Integrated Cargo System in October 2005, there may have been some temporary changes to the pattern of reporting and clearing imports. This may be a contributing factor to the large increase in the value of imports between October and November. Preliminary analysis shows that goods imports (debits) on a balance of payments basis increased by 8% in seasonally adjusted terms between October and November.


FORTHCOMING ISSUES


The December 2005 issue of this publication is expected to be released on 18 January 2006, and the January 2006 to May 2006 issues are expected to be released on 16 February 2006, 16 March 2006, 20 April 2006, 16 May 2006 and 19 June 2006.


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