5489.0 - International Merchandise Trade, Australia, Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2001
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/05/2001
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7.1 International merchandise trade statistics are used for a wide variety of purposes by a large number of clients.
7.3 Trade statistics are important inputs for other ABS statistical collections, such as the Balance of Payments, Australian National Accounts and Producer Price Indexes. They are extensively used by a range of Commonwealth and State Government Departments and Authorities e.g. Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE).
7.4 A large number of private sector clients, including industry groups and individual businesses, regularly subscribe to releases of trade statistics, with several acting as secondary providers of the data. Data are also supplied to international organisations, such as the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).