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1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, 2010  
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EXPORTS
MAJOR EXPORT COMMODITIES(a)(b) - Western Australia

Sep qtr 2010
Jun qtr 2010
Sep qtr 2009
Commodities
$'000
$'000
$'000

Iron ore and concentrates
13 640 948
12 796 547
6 971 374
Gold, non-monetary
3 011 425
4 326 059
2 920 308
Crude petroleum oils
2 795 466
2 909 155
1 885 185
Natural gas
2 076 185
1 599 930
1 273 847
Wheat
426 572
377 184
400 835
Nickel ores and concentrates
209 590
228 234
136 886
Liquefied propane and butane
192 611
175 707
172 978
Ores and concentrates of base metal
189 859
188 815
130 200
Live animals
141 396
89 685
113 004
Pigments, paints, varnishes and related materials
124 104
111 331
128 566
Nickel
116 043
181 439
162 416
Total(c)
27 017 936
27 116 552
17 521 306

(a) Care should be taken when comparing with commodities data prior to July 2005. For full details about changes to international trade statistics, users should refer to the Information Paper: Impact of introducing Revision 4 of the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC), 2008 (cat.no. 5368.0.55.10).
(b) Free on board (f.o.b.) value.
(c) Includes commodities not listed.
Source: ABS data available on request, International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0).

  • Iron ore and concentrates continued to be Western Australia's leading export commodity in the September quarter 2010, increasing by 6.6% to $13.6 billion. This followed a 68% increase in the previous quarter. Exports of this commodity have almost doubled since the September quarter 2009, largely influenced by a boom in prices and increasing demand from Asian countries such as China and Japan.
  • In contrast, WA's next largest export commodities, Non-monetary gold and Crude petroleum oils both recorded falls in the September quarter 2010 (-30% and -4% respectively). However, while the export value of gold was marginally higher than that recorded in the September quarter 2009, the value of Crude petroleum oils exports was nearly 50% higher.
  • Natural gas exports rose by 63%, to nearly $2.1 billion, compared with September quarter 2009. This reflects the growing status of WA as one of the world's leading exporters of natural gases, with current resource projects in development set to continue export growth.


VALUE OF EXPORTS FROM WESTERN AUSTRALIA(a), Top 10 Destinations

Sep qtr 2010
Jun qtr 2010
Sep qtr 2009
Destination
$'000
$'000
$'000

China
10 884 628
10 898 702
6 214 473
Japan
5 232 442
4 434 682
2 985 803
Korea, Republic of
2 587 386
2 286 689
1 378 592
India
1 412 974
1 797 961
2 000 754
Thailand
1 093 914
588 229
507 138
Singapore
996 710
604 091
903 173
Taiwan
794 547
614 688
293 273
United Kingdom
744 736
2 836 225
717 354
United States of America
374 987
434 638
299 768
United Arab Emirates
295 917
275 523
127 665
Total(b)
27 017 936
27 116 552
17 521 306

(a) Free on board (f.o.b.) value
(b) Includes destinations not listed.
Source: ABS data available on request, International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0).

  • In the September quarter 2010, China continued to be Western Australia's main export destination, receiving goods from WA to the value of almost $10.9 billion. Although marginally lower than in the previous quarter, this value was nearly 75% higher than in the September quarter 2009, a reflection of the growing ties with the expanding Chinese economy.
  • After surging to $2.8 billion in the previous quarter, the value of exports to the United Kingdom in the September quarter 2010 fell back to $744 million, similar to the value recorded in the same quarter of the previous year. The volatility of quarterly export values is primarily influenced by fluctuations in exports of Non-monetary gold.
  • Export values increased between the September quarter 2009 and the September quarter 2010, for all of the Top 10 destinations except India, for which exports decreased by nearly 30%.

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