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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Jul 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/08/2006   
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JULY KEY FIGURES

May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
501
483
495
Beverages and tobacco
97
90
94
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
177
183
153
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
2 354
2 280
1 881
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
52
42
35
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 688
1 491
1 558
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 584
1 595
1 556
Machinery and transport equipment
6 443
6 548
5 846
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
1 799
1 841
2 014
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
734
589
587
TOTAL
15 431
15 143
14 219



JULY KEY POINTS


NOTES

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.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS


Preliminary analysis shows that goods imports (debits) on a balance of payments basis decreased by 4% in seasonally adjusted terms between June and July 2006.


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE


An error has been rectified in concordances between two tariff item statistical codes and the detailed SITC and BoPBEC classifications. The error does not impact on data on a balance of payments basis. Correcting the error has resulted in a break in series between the June and July 2006 reference months for BoPBEC items OK02 - Motor Spirit and OK03 - Other Petroleum Products. These items are presented in data cubes table 8 associated with this issue.


FORTHCOMING ISSUES


The August 2006 issue of this publication is expected to be released on 18 September 2006, and the September to January 2007 issues are expected to be released on 18 October 2006, 16 November 2006, 18 December 2006, 17 January 2007 and 16 February 2007.


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