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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Oct 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/11/2007   
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OCTOBER KEY FIGURES

August 2007
September 2007
October 2007
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
655
608
623
Beverages and tobacco
148
123
160
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
197
195
268
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
2 212
2 031
2 342
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
44
38
50
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 771
1 624
1 890
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 891
1 655
1 957
Machinery and transport equipment
6 989
6 662
7 133
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 180
2 133
2 357
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
794
482
623
TOTAL
16 881
15 550
17 403



OCTOBER KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the October 2007 merchandise imports were $17,403m, an increase of $1,853m (11.9%) on the revised September 2007 merchandise imports of $15,550m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods imports (debits) on a balance of payments basis increased by 2% in seasonally adjusted terms between September and October 2007.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
November 2007 18 December 2007
December 2007 17 January 2008
January 2008 19 February 2008
February 2008 19 March 2008
March 2008 17 April 2008
April 2008 19 May 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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