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1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, 2010  
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IMPORTS

MAJOR IMPORT COMMODITIES(a)(b) - Western Australia

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

Gold, non-monetary
856 089
2 167 192
1 321 348
Crude petroleum oils
755 179
948 720
885 734
Refined petroleum oils
468 795
442 915
354 014
Passenger motor vehicles
413 630
419 839
309 662
Civil engineering plant and equipment
219 686
202 183
80 969
Other specialised industry machinery and equipment
217 316
150 187
129 511
Motor vehicles for the transport of goods
196 112
206 743
129 017
Rubber tyres
104 093
103 036
91 710
Iron or steel tubes and pipes
83 304
85 652
210 800
Total(c)
6 028 380
7 098 626
6 605 262

(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, 2008 (cat.no. 5368.0.55.10).
(b) Customs value.
(c) Includes commodities not listed.
Source: ABS data available on request, International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0).

  • For the September quarter 2010, the decrease in the total value of imports to Western Australia was driven by a 60% decrease in the value of Non-monetary gold imports, following a steep increase in the previous quarter. Non-monetary gold, in the form of leaf, foil, bullion and other fabricated gold products (including granules), is imported for processing before being exported under a different commodity classification.
  • Import values for Crude petroleum oils also saw a notable decrease (-20%) in the September quarter 2010, while industrial plant and equipment (of various types) saw significant quarterly increases.
  • In the year to September 2010, there was a 9% decrease in the total value of imports to WA. Again, this was primarily driven by large decreases over the year in the import value of Non-monetary gold (-35%) and Crude petroleum oils (-15%).
  • This fall in gold import values reflects a large reduction in the value of gold imports from Thailand (down 86% on the previous year). Similarly, the falling values for Crude petroleum oils can be attributed to the declining value of these imports from the United Arab Emirates (-16%) and Indonesia (-34%).
VALUE OF IMPORTS TO WESTERN AUSTRALIA(a), Top 10 places of origin

Sep qtr 2010
Jun qtr 2010
Sep qtr 2009
Place of Origin
$'000
$'000
$'000

China
931 788
551 447
532 716
United States of America
643 432
572 223
626 947
Singapore
561 972
779 645
343 534
Japan
489 289
492 531
637 393
Malaysia
408 683
533 058
280 481
United Arab Emirates
377 155
384 340
417 052
Indonesia
357 053
356 028
313 985
Thailand
332 398
1 342 490
1 326 396
Germany
209 071
216 682
277 664
Papua New Guinea
208 672
286 012
42 634
Total(b)
6 028 380
7 098 626
6 605 262

(a) Customs value.
(b) Includes countries not listed.
Source: ABS data available on request, International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0).

  • In the September quarter 2010, WA received its largest value (over $930 million) of imports from China, followed by the United States of America and Singapore.
  • The value of imports from China increased by 69% in the September quarter 2010, and were 75% higher than in the same quarter of the previous year. This reflects increasing volumes of imported consumer goods, such as electronics and clothing.
  • After increasing to $1.3 billion in the June quarter 2010, imports from Thailand were only a quarter of the value recorded in the September quarter 2009.
  • In contrast, imports from other South-East Asian countries, including Malaysia and Singapore, along with Papua New Guinea, were considerably higher in the September quarter 2010 than in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

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