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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Dec 2013 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/01/2014   
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

October 2013
November 2013
December 2013
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
1 095
1 016
958
Beverages and tobacco
267
265
254
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
219
187
191
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
3 789
3 927
3 700
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
53
50
46
Chemicals and related products, nes
2 206
2 057
1 862
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
2 404
2 371
2 022
Machinery and transport equipment
8 227
8 200
7 811
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
3 051
2 939
2 630
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
886
669
1 035
TOTAL
22 198
21 681
20 509





DECEMBER KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, December 2013 imports on an international merchandise trade basis were $20,509m, a fall of $1,172m (5%) on the revised November 2013 merchandise imports of $21,681m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods debits (imports) on a balance of payments basis in original terms fell $925m (4%) between November and December 2013.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, goods debits rose $576m (3%) between November and December 2013 to $22,488m. Capital goods rose $238m (4%), consumption goods rose $183m (3%), intermediate and other merchandise goods rose $123m (1%), and non-monetary gold rose $32m (10%).


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.


NOTES

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