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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Oct 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/11/2006   
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OCTOBER KEY FIGURES

August
2006
September
2006
October
2006
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
544
544
602
Beverages and tobacco
113
131
132
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
250
167
253
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
2 030
1 809
1 850
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
53
46
45
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 684
1 619
1 735
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 799
1 750
1 843
Machinery and transport equipment
6 381
6 370
6 956
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 121
2 176
2 277
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
221
395
669
TOTAL
15 198
15 008
16 363


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. 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.


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 September and October 2006.


FORTHCOMING ISSUES


The November 2006 issue of this publication is expected to be released on 18 December 2006, and the December 2006 to April 2007 issues are expected to be released on 17 January 2007, 16 February 2007, 16 March 2007, 19 April 2007 and 16 May 2007.


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