International merchandise trade exports data presented in tables 12-15 of this publication are based on information provided by exporters to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs and Border Protection). At the time of initial reporting to Customs and Border Protection, quantity and unit price information may be estimated for commodities such as iron ore and coal. Final quantity and/or unit price information is updated progressively in merchandise trade data as exporters revise the information provided to Customs and Border Protection. When additional information on quantity and/or unit price for these commodities is available, the ABS may adjust the balance of payments series in current price, original terms to reflect actual transaction values.
In most instances, transfer of ownership occurs when goods cross the customs frontier. In certain circumstances the ownership of large value capital expenditure items can occur prior to the items crossing the customs frontier. The ABS may adjust the relevant balance of payments series to record the timing when transfer of ownership was effected.
Iron ore and coal (in original terms)
- a negative $450m adjustment has been applied to metal ores and minerals in the balance of payments series for May 2014. All previous adjustments have been removed.
- negative adjustments of $70m and $50m have been applied to coal, coke and briquettes in the balance of payments series for May and April 2014 respectively. All previous adjustments have been removed.
Capital expenditure (in original terms)
- capital goods n.e.s. includes an estimate of expenditure on capital goods that have changed ownership but have not yet crossed the customs frontier.