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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Mar 2015 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/04/2015   
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
1 073
953
1 021
Beverages and tobacco
198
204
253
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
265
261
328
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
2 431
2 349
2 453
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
50
43
48
Chemicals and related products, nes
2 062
2 123
2 433
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
2 677
2 701
2 486
Machinery and transport equipment
7 674
7 154
8 204
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
3 115
3 218
2 915
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
1 118
931
1 025
TOTAL
20 662
19 936
21 165





MARCH KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, March 2015 imports on an international merchandise trade basis were $21,165m, an increase of $1,229m (6%) on the revised February 2015 merchandise imports of $19,936m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS

Preliminary analysis shows that goods debits (imports) on a balance of payments basis in original terms rose $719m (3%) between February and March 2015.

In seasonally adjusted terms, goods debits fell $832m (4%) between February and March 2015 to $22,624m. The components driving this fall were:
  • intermediate and other merchandise goods, down $384m (4%), driven by processed industrial supplies n.e.s., down $391m (12%)
  • capital goods, down $256m (4%)
  • consumption goods, down $206m (3%), driven by non-industrial transport equipment, down $123 (7%).

Partly offsetting these falls was the non–monetary gold component, up $14m (4%).


REVISIONS
  • Revisions have been made to the previous six months to incorporate the latest administrative data relating to international merchandise trade.
  • The preliminary balance of payments debits estimates incorporate the latest available data.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
April 2015 19 May 2015
May 2015 18 June 2015
June 2015 16 July 2015
July 2015 19 August 2015
August 2015 16 September 2015
September 2015 20 October 2015



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