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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Aug 2013 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/09/2013   
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AUGUST KEY FIGURES

June 2013
July 2013
August 2013
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
718
895
990
Beverages and tobacco
149
191
223
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
164
225
198
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
3 117
3 770
3 322
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
37
48
41
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 793
2 211
2 138
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 966
2 300
2 620
Machinery and transport equipment
7 344
8 434
8 284
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 275
2 994
3 009
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
773
963
908
TOTAL
18 336
22 030
21 733





AUGUST KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, August 2013 imports on an international merchandise trade basis were $21,733m, a decrease of $297m (1%) on the revised July 2013 merchandise imports of $22,030m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods debits (imports) on a balance of payments basis in original terms rose $99m between July and August 2013.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, goods debits rose $246m (1%) between July and August 2013 to $22,580m. Consumption goods rose $309m (5%), driven by non–industrial transport equipment, up $82m (5%) and food and beverages, mainly for consumption, up $77m (9%). Non–monetary gold rose $107m (27%) and capital goods rose $14m. Intermediate and other merchandise goods fell $185m (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 and the new goods debits adjustment (see Changes in this issue section for more details).
  • The seasonally adjusted and trend estimates of goods and services on a balance of payments basis have been revised as a result of the annual seasonal re–analysis. This re–analysis reviews the seasonal and trading day factors and assesses the appropriateness of any prior corrections.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
September 2013 17 October 2013
October 2013 20 November 2013
November 2013 17 December 2013
December 2013 16 January 2014
January 2014 18 February 2014
February 2014 18 March 2014



INQUIRIES

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