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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Mar 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/04/2007   
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

January 2007
February 2007
March 2007
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
633
585
582
Beverages and tobacco
104
110
122
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
189
180
245
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
1 620
1 558
1 936
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
49
35
42
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 684
1 721
1 732
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 858
1 728
1 858
Machinery and transport equipment
6 095
5 682
6 448
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
1 904
1 913
2 036
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
427
587
359
TOTAL
14 564
14 099
15 360




MARCH KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, merchandise imports were $15,360m in March 2007, an increase of $1,261m (8.9%) on February 2007 merchandise imports of $14,099m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods imports (debits) on a balance of payments basis increased by 1% in seasonally adjusted terms between February 2007 and March 2007.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
April 2007 16 May 2007
May 2007 19 June 2007
June 2007 17 July 2007
July 2007 17 August 2007
August 2007 18 September 2007
September 2007 18 October 2007



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 IN FORTHCOMING ISSUES

With this issue there has been a slight change in the presentation of the data cubes for tables 8 & 9. Two new tabs (sheets) will be added, one to the front and one to the end of the existing tabs, to provide a table of contents and explanatory notes.



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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