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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Feb 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/03/2008   
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FEBRUARY KEY FIGURES

December 2007
January 2008
February 2008
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
634
664
641
Beverages and tobacco
129
115
115
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
199
226
182
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
2 435
2 737
2 647
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
36
50
59
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 512
1 809
1 733
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 572
1 920
1 776
Machinery and transport equipment
6 825
6 496
6 629
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
1 975
2 047
2 209
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
381
813
665
TOTAL
15 698
16 877
16 657




FEBRUARY KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the February 2008 merchandise imports were $16,657m, a decrease of $220m (1%) on the revised January 2008 merchandise imports of $16,877m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods imports (debits) on a balance of payments basis increased by 0.3% in seasonally adjusted terms between January and February 2008. Capital goods rose $269m (7%) with civil aircraft increasing by $404m. Consumption goods fell $93m (2%), intermediate and other merchandise goods fell $72m (1%) and other goods fell $53m (6%).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
March 2008 17 April 2008
April 2008 19 May 2008
May 2008 18 June 2008
June 2008 17 July 2008
July 2008 19 August 2008
August 2008 17 September 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.



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Selvi Sekhar on Canberra (02) 6252 5540.


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