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5368.0.55.020 - Information Paper: Proposed Implementation of the New International Standard for International Merchandise Trade Statistics, 2013  
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APPENDIX 1: INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE STATISTICS DATA COMPOSITION

Dimensions of output dataDescription
FOR EXPORTS, IMPORTS AND IMPORT CLEARANCES
Commodity
  • information at various levels of detail for commodity classifications HS, SITC, BEC, BoPBEC (for imports) and ANZSIC
Quantity of goods
  • the quantity of goods in a unit specific to the commodity
Country groups
  • Australia's trade with selected country groups such as ASEAN, OECD and the European Union
Commodity groups
  • Australia's trade in commodities grouped in response to specific client needs
Mode of transport
  • identifies how goods were transported to or from Australia by one of four codes: A – Air, S – Sea, P – Post and U – Unknown, see Table 4.1 for detailed description
FOR EXPORTS
Value of goods
  • free on board value (FOB)
Gross weight of goods
  • the shipping weight of goods (measured in kilograms) excluding the weight of shipping containers
Overseas country
  • country of final destination (the last country as far as it is known at the time of exportation, to which goods are to be delivered) and country of port of discharge (the country where goods are unloaded from an aircraft or ship after leaving Australia)
Overseas port
  • port of discharge (the place where goods are unloaded from an aircraft or ship after leaving Australia)
Australian states
  • state of origin (the Australian state/territory in which the final stage of production or manufacture occurs) and state of loading (the Australian state/territory in which the goods are loaded onto an international carrier for export. It is derived from the reported Australian port of loading)
Australian port
  • port of loading (the Australian port where goods are loaded onto an international carrier)
FOR IMPORTS
Value of goods
  • customs value (this is the value included in international merchandise trade statistics unless a client specifically requests the FOB or CIF value)
  • free on board value
  • cost, insurance and freight value
Gross weight of goods
  • the shipping weight of goods (measured in kilograms) excluding the weight of shipping containers. This can be obtained by Australian and/or overseas port, by mode of transport, and at total level
Overseas country
  • country of origin (the country of production or the country in which the final stage of production or manufacture occurs) and country of port of loading (the country where goods are loaded onto an aircraft or ship for the purpose of being transported to Australia)
Overseas port
  • port of loading (the place where goods are loaded onto an aircraft or ship for the purpose of being transported to Australia)
Australian states
  • state of discharge (the Australian state/territory in which imported goods are unloaded from the international carrier. It is derived from the reported field Australian port of discharge) and state of final destination (the Australian state/territory in which the imported goods are released from Customs control)
Australian port
  • port of discharge (the Australian port where goods are unloaded from the international carrier)
FOR IMPORT CLEARANCES
Value of goods
  • customs value (this is the value included in international merchandise trade statistics unless a client specifically requests the FOB or CIF value)
Overseas countries
  • country of origin (the country of production or the country in which the final stage of production or manufacture occurs)
Australian state
  • state of final destination (the Australian state/territory in which the imported goods are released from Customs control)
Duty–related fields
  • amount of duty paid, a calculated rate of duty (using the duty paid as a proportion of the customs value) and the following fields indicating whether special duty rates have been claimed:
    • nature of tariff is used to indicate whether reductions in the amount of duty payable have been applied to the goods because of special circumstances surrounding their importation, e.g. clearances subject to by–laws.
    • treatment code is used to indicate special treatment of a transaction by Customs and Border Protection (usually involving a concessional rate of duty), generally in accordance with Schedule 4 of the Customs Tariff and Nominal Reference Numbers.
    • preference code is used to indicate whether a preferential rate of duty applies to the import of certain goods from a particular country when there is a Free Trade Agreement.
    • statistical rate code is derived by the ABS from a number of fields provided by Customs and Border Protection.

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