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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Dec 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/01/2012   
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

October 2011
November 2011
December 2011
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
845
913
851
Beverages and tobacco
189
211
169
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
269
306
213
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
3 309
3 195
3 850
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
60
61
32
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 998
2 218
1 872
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
2 206
2 505
1 910
Machinery and transport equipment
7 866
7 725
7 471
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 631
2 732
2 444
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
1 416
1 611
1 300
TOTAL
20 789
21 476
20 111





DECEMBER KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the December 2011 merchandise imports were $20,111m, a decrease of $1,365m (6%) on the November 2011 merchandise imports of $21,476m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods debits (imports) on a balance of payments basis in original terms fell $1,465m (7%) between November and December 2011.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, goods debits rose $206m (1%) from $20,802m in November 2011 to $21,008m in December 2011. Intermediate and other merchandise goods rose $346m (4%), driven by the fuels and lubricants component, up $666m (22%), and consumption goods rose $151m (3%). Non-monetary gold fell $185m (27%) and capital goods fell $106m (2%).


REVISIONS
  • Revisions have been made to the previous six months to incorporate the latest administrative data relating to international merchandise trade.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
January 2012 20 February 2012
February 2012 21 March 2012
March 2012 19 April 2012
April 2012 16 May 2012
May 2012 20 June 2012
June 2012 17 July 2012




INQUIRIES

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