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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Mar 2012 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/04/2012   
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

January 2012
February 2012
March 2012
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
847
735
719
Beverages and tobacco
129
146
134
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
201
180
188
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
3 151
3 193
3 916
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
40
39
58
Chemicals and related products, nes
2 084
1 854
2 213
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
2 180
1 895
1 846
Machinery and transport equipment
7 194
6 760
8 620
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 448
2 097
2 242
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
855
993
858
TOTAL
19 128
17 890
20 792





MARCH KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the March 2012 merchandise imports were $20,792m, an increase of $2,902m (16%) on the February 2012 merchandise imports of $17,890m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods debits (imports) on a balance of payments basis in original terms rose $3,029m (16%) between February 2012 and March 2012. In seasonally adjusted terms, goods debits rose $2,185m (11%) from $19,813m in February 2012 to $21,998m in March 2012. Capital goods rose $1,154m (21%) driven by machinery and industrial equipment, up $1,119m (67%). Intermediate and other merchandise goods rose $804m (9%) and consumption goods rose $317m (6%). Non-monetary gold fell $90m (17%).


REVISIONS
  • Revisions have been made to the previous six months to incorporate the latest administrative data relating to international merchandise trade.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
April 2012 16 May 2012
May 2012 20 June 2012
June 2012 17 July 2012
July 2012 20 August 2012
August 2012 18 September 2012
September 2012 18 October 2012



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