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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Jan 2013 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/02/2013   
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JANUARY KEY FIGURES

November 2012
December 2012
January 2013
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
878
808
840
Beverages and tobacco
237
173
167
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
260
164
176
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
3 793
3 334
3 229
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
63
44
47
Chemicals and related products, n.e.s.
2 145
1 748
1 956
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
2 475
1 921
2 216
Machinery and transport equipment
9 337
7 414
7 287
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 796
2 220
2 373
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
893
602
673
TOTAL
22 878
18 429
18 962






JANUARY KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the January 2013 merchandise imports were $18,962m, an increase of $533m (3%) on the revised December 2012 merchandise imports of $18,429m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods debits (imports) on a balance of payments basis in original terms rose $444m (2%) between December 2012 and January 2013.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, goods debits rose $187m (1%) from $20,433m in December 2012 to $20,620m in January 2013. Capital goods rose $299m (6%), driven by telecommunications equipment up $257m (52%), and consumption goods rose $166m (3%). Intermediate and other merchandise goods fell $272m (3%) and non-monetary gold fell $6m (2%).


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
February 2013 20 March 2013
March 2013 17 April 2013
April 2013 16 May 2013
May 2013 19 June 2013
June 2013 17 July 2013
July 2013 20 August 2013



INQUIRIES

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