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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Sep 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/10/2007   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

July 2007
August 2007
September 2007
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
568
655
609
Beverages and tobacco
102
148
123
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
214
197
195
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
1 861
2 226
1 918
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
56
44
38
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 750
1 771
1 624
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 758
1 892
1 655
Machinery and transport equipment
6 163
6 990
6 663
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 042
2 180
2 133
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
734
794
482
TOTAL
15 247
16 896
15 441

SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the September 2007 merchandise imports were $15,441m, a decrease of $1,455m (8.6%) on the revised August 2007 merchandise imports of $16,896m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods imports (debits) on a balance of payments basis decreased by 4% in seasonally adjusted terms between August and September 2007.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
October 2007 19 November 2007
November 2007 18 December 2007
December 2007 17 January 2008
January 2008 19 February 2008
February 2008 19 March 2008
March 2008 17 April 2008



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 International Merchandise Trade, Australia: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 5489.0) on the ABS web site. More detailed merchandise imports data are available on the ABS web site www.abs.gov.au from the Details tab of this issue or by contacting the National Information and Referral Service.

CHANGES TO THIS ISSUE

Corrections have been applied to two country groupings. For all time series, the European Union grouping used in Merchandise trade country statistics will include Bulgaria and Romania, making a total of 27 countries. Minor corrections have been made to OECD from 1992.

INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Julia Jacques on Canberra (02) 6252 7042.


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