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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Jun 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/07/2011   
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JUNE KEY FIGURES

April 2011
May 2011
June 2011
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
685
715
738
Beverages and tobacco
144
139
112
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
187
280
224
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
3 334
3 171
3 508
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
47
60
40
Chemicals and related products, nes
2 012
1 988
1 898
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 777
1 995
2 014
Machinery and transport equipment
5 977
6 583
6 911
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 093
2 180
2 228
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
1 111
930
739
TOTAL
17 369
18 041
18 413





JUNE KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the June 2011 merchandise imports were $18,413m, an increase of $372m (2%) on the revised May 2011 merchandise imports of $18,041m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods debits (imports) on a balance of payments basis in original terms rose $826m (5%) between May and June 2011. In seasonally adjusted terms goods debits rose $605m (3%) from $18,636m in May 2011 to $19,241m in June 2011. Intermediate and other merchandise goods rose $322m (4%) with the fuels and lubricants component up $333m (11%). Capital goods rose $296m (7%) with the capital goods n.e.s. component up $304m (57%). Non-monetary gold rose $22m (6%) while consumption goods fell $34m (1%).

IMPACT OF NATURAL DISASTERS

Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami
  • The Japanese earthquake and tsunami occurred on 11 March 2011. On a month to month basis, original series can be impacted by a number of factors including commodity prices, exchange rates, supply constraints, consumer confidence and unusual influences. It is not usually possible to quantify the impact of a specific event, like the Japanese earthquake and tsunami on the import series. The impact of these events will be closely monitored by the ABS.
  • Between May and June 2011 merchandise imports from Japan rose $425m (39%) following a rise of $313m (40%) between April and May 2011. The non-industrial transport equipment component rose $190m between April and May 2011 and rose a further $246m (80%) between May and June 2011. The fuels and lubricants component was up $71m (47%) between May and June 2011.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
July 2011 18 August 2011
August 2011 19 September 2011
September 2011 19 October 2011
October 2011 17 November 2011
November 2011 19 December 2011
December 2011 18 January 2012



INQUIRIES

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