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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Mar 2013 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/04/2013   
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

January 2013
February 2013
March 2013
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
840
780
800
Beverages and tobacco
166
142
164
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
176
177
152
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
3 220
3 393
3 372
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
47
39
32
Chemicals and related products, n.e.s.
1 959
1 908
2 018
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
2 216
1 940
2 019
Machinery and transport equipment
7 279
6 564
6 990
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 371
2 375
2 021
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
673
509
553
TOTAL
18 946
17 828
18 121





MARCH KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, March 2013 imports on an international merchandise trade basis were $18,121m, an increase of $293m (2%) on the revised February 2013 merchandise imports of $17,828m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods debits (imports) on a balance of payments basis in original terms rose $329m (2%) between February and March 2013.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, goods debits fell $253m (1%) between February and March 2013 to $20,170m. Capital goods fell $578m (11%), with capital goods n.e.s. down $235m (19%) and machinery and industrial equipment down $144m (8%). Intermediate and other merchandise goods rose $292m (3%), non-monetary gold rose $28m (8%) and consumption goods rose $6m.


REVISIONS
  • Revisions have been made to the previous six months to incorporate the latest administrative data relating to international merchandise trade.
  • The preliminary balance of payments debits estimates incorporate the latest available data.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
April 2013 16 May 2013
May 2013 19 June 2013
June 2013 17 July 2013
July 2013 20 August 2013
August 2013 17 September 2013
September 2013 17 October 2013



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