5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Sep 2015 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/10/2015   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

July 2015
August 2015
September 2015
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
1 222
1 129
1 221
Beverages and tobacco
276
265
330
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
249
206
311
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
2 543
2 350
2 317
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
66
54
71
Chemicals and related products, nes
2 401
2 349
2 384
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
3 010
2 642
2 850
Machinery and transport equipment
9 192
8 132
9 485
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
3 672
3 607
3 967
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
1 263
1 124
1 193
TOTAL
23 893
21 858
24 128





SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, September 2015 imports on an international merchandise trade basis were $24,128m, an increase of $2,270m (10%) on the revised August 2015 merchandise imports of $21,858m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods debits (imports) on a balance of payments basis in original terms rose $1,562m (7%) to $25,043m between August and September 2015.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, goods debits rose $332m (1%) between August and September 2015 to $23,853m. This is the highest on record surpassing the revised August 2015 estimate of $23,521m. Consumption goods rose $264m (3%) and non-monetary gold rose $161m (47%). Intermediate and other merchandise goods fell $59m (1%) and capital goods fell $34m (1%).


REVISIONS
  • Revisions on an international merchandise trade basis have been applied back to March 2015.
  • The preliminary balance of payments debits estimates incorporate the latest available data.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
October 2015 18 November 2015
November 2015 17 December 2015
December 2015 (Final Issue)19 January 2016



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Balance of Payments on Canberra (02) 6252 5540.