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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Jan 2008  
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JANUARY KEY FIGURES

November 2007
December 2007
January 2008
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
699
635
664
Beverages and tobacco
158
129
116
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
169
198
227
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
2 393
2 420
2 787
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
54
36
50
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 604
1 512
1 813
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 926
1 573
1 921
Machinery and transport equipment
7 562
6 826
6 500
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 271
1 976
2 047
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
568
381
813
TOTAL
17 404
15 686
16 937




JANUARY KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the January 2008 merchandise imports were $16,937m, an increase of $1,251m (8%) on the revised December 2007 merchandise imports of $15,686m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods imports (debits) on a balance of payments basis increased by 6% in seasonally adjusted terms between December 2007 and January 2008. Intermediate and other merchandise goods rose $582m (8%) with fuels and lubricants increasing by $372m (16%). Other goods rose $402m (83%) driven by non-monetary gold. Consumption goods rose $144m (3%) and capital goods fell $105m (3%).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
February 2008 19 March 2008
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



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 Olivia Lam on Canberra (02) 6252 7406.


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