6.41 Traders and users of trade statistics should be aware that, where ABS confidentiality procedures result in a loss of detailed information, there is the possibility that the suppressed data may still be available from another source. If the data relate to trade with a particular country, the information may well be published in that partner country's statistics. The ABS can only confidentialise its own data.
6.42 In cases where commodity detail is suppressed, information that may allow users to estimate the suppressed data may be available from other organisations, such as marketing bodies, trade associations or other government agencies. International organisations, such as the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, publish a great deal of information on trade classified by country and commodity. However, any data that ABS supplies to these international organisations conforms with the ABS confidentiality procedures.
6.43 For more information on the application of confidentiality procedures and restrictions, refer to the Information Paper: International Merchandise Trade Statistics, Australia: Data Confidentiality 1999 (Cat. no. 5487.0). A feature article on data confidentiality, in particular its impact on publication tables, was also included in the December quarter 1999 issue of International Merchandise Trade, Australia (Cat. no. 5422.0). Both these documents are available on this site.
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