International merchandise trade is classified by commodity, by country of origin/destination, by Australian State of production/destination, and by industry of origin.
Export and import commodity statistics are available classified according to:
- the Harmonized System, a World Customs Organization (WCO) classification which groups goods according to their component materials, from raw materials through to processed and manufactured products;
- the United Nations Standard International Trade Classification (SITC Rev. 3) which groups goods according to the degree of processing they have undergone, from food and crude raw materials through to highly transformed manufactures; and
The WCO has recently revised the Harmonized System, with the new version of the classification to be introduced on 1 January 2002.
Commodity export and import statistics in this section are presented according to SITC Rev. 3.
- the United Nations Classification by Broad Economic Categories (BEC) which classifies international trade for the purposes of general economic analysis according to the main end use of the commodities traded.