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5368.0 - International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia, Jan 2013 Quality Declaration 
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CHANGES IN THIS AND FORTHCOMING ISSUES


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

CHANGE TO THE COMPOSITION OF THE EURO AREA CATEGORY

From this issue the composition of the Euro area category published in time series spreadsheet tables 14a and 14b is updated to include Estonia. The new composition applies to the whole time series.


CHANGE TO RESTRICTION ON EXPORTS OF ALUMINIUM OXIDE OR ALUMINA

From this issue the secondary restriction on aluminium oxide, or alumina (AHECC code 2818.20.00) that groups data for Bahrain, Egypt and Iceland into a single category ('Country Confidential – Alumina' in country classification, 'State not available for publication' in state classification) has been lifted. This means that this data is allocated to the correct country and state on a total country and state level. Note that the restriction continues to apply to data up to and including December 2012.

This impacts tables 14 and 15 of this publication, and time series spreadsheet tables 14a, 15a, and 36a–36j. It also impacts detailed data available via the tailored 'user pays' service. A primary restriction of 'No country details' and 'No state details' continues to apply to aluminium oxide, or alumina (AHECC code 2818.20.00).


AHECC AND CUSTOMS TARIFF

The ABS sometimes makes changes to AHECC and Customs Tariff statistical codes on 1 January and 1 July. There were no changes applied to either classification at 1 January 2013.


NEW PREFERENCE SCHEME CODE AND AMENDMENTS TO LABELS

From January 2013 a new preference scheme code for the Malaysia Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA) has been introduced for imports of merchandise trade data.

New preference code Free Standing Descriptor

M Goods which meet Malaysia Australia FTA rules of origin & preferential rate of duty has been claimed



The labels for several existing preference codes have been changed to clarify them:

Preference code Existing label Revised label

L Leased Developed Country preferential rate of duty has been claimed Least Developed Country preferential rate of duty has been claimed – LDC (Schedule 1, Part 2)
T The Developing Country preferential rate of duty has been claimed The Developing Country preferential rate of duty has been claimed – DCS (Schedule 1, Parts 1 and 4)
A The Developing Country preferential rate of duty has been claimed – historical The Developing Country preferential rate of duty has been claimed – DC (Schedule 1, Parts 1 and 3)
R Goods manufactured in Singapore but do not meet SAFTA rules of origin receive a Developing Country ( The Developing Country preferential rate of duty has been claimed – DCT (Schedule 1, Part 5)



This change does not impact on statistics in this publication.


CHANGES IN FORTHCOMING ISSUES

AMENDMENT TO SCHEDULE 4 OF CUSTOMS TARIFF

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service has introduced significant amendments to Schedule 4 of the Customs Tariff Act. The changes were implemented on 1 March 2013. More detail is available in Australian Customs Notice 2012/55.

These changes to treatment code and commodity classifications will be applied from March 2013 import statistics. These imports data are available via the tailored 'user pays' service.

The Information Paper: Amendments to Schedule 4 of customs Tariff (cat. no. 5368.0.55.019) will be released on 19 March 2013 to provide information on new treatment codes, commodity codes and a correspondence between the ceasing codes and the replacement codes. These changes will not impact on statistics in this publication.


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