5368.0 - International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia, Apr 2017 Quality Declaration 
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MEDIA RELEASE
08 June 2017
Embargoed: 11:30 am (Canberra time)
59/2017
Australia records trade surplus of $555m in April

While remaining in surplus, the balance on goods and services has fallen to the lowest point in six months to $555 million, a decrease of $2,614 million on the surplus in March 2017. The decline was largely due to a reduction in exports, with imports relatively unchanged.

The reduction in exports in April was driven in large part by a fall in seasonally adjusted coal, coke and briquettes exports, which were down $2,521 million (45 per cent). In late March 2017, a category four tropical cyclone, Tropical Cyclone Debbie, crossed the North Queensland coast. Strong wind and storm surges caused significant damage to transport infrastructure to the ports resulting in a significant decrease in export quantities of coal in April 2017.

Further details can be found in International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia, (cat.no. 5368.0) available for download from www.abs.gov.au.

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