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1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Dec 2009  
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EXPORTS

  • Iron ore and concentrates and Non-monetary gold continued to be the leading exports from Western Australia, with export values of $6.9 billion and $2.9 billion respectively in the September quarter 2009.
  • The export value of Iron ore and concentrates held steady from the previous quarter but was still $2.5 billion (27%) lower than the peak value recorded for the September quarter 2008.
  • The export value of Non-monetary gold fell by 12% in the September quarter and by 26% from the same quarter of the previous year.
  • After falling below $1.5 billion in the June quarter, Crude petroleum oils rose in export value to $1.85 billion in the September quarter 2009. However, this value was just over $1 billion (37%) lower than for the same quarter of the previous year.

2 INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE (a), By major commodity (Original Data)

2008
2009
September
June
September
Category of the SITC
$'000
$'000
$'000

MAJOR EXPORT COMMODITIES(b)

Iron ore and concentrates
9 436 924
6 882 345
6 921 689
Gold, non-monetary
3 955 002
3 308 932
2 915 582
Crude petroleum oils
2 938 254
1 496 515
1 852 991
Confidential items
1 587 277
1 556 330
1 626 146
Natural gas
1 730 203
1 191 494
1 291 677
Wheat
594 452
651 447
400 840
Liquefied propane and butane
207 952
126 139
172 904
Nickel
168 838
198 466
161 593
Nickel ores and concentrates
236 842
136 421
141 585
Ores and concentrates of base metal
151 307
106 266
134 069
Pigments, paints, varnishes and related materials
72 262
143 038
128 792
Live animals
119 622
120 679
113 004
Refined petroleum oils
114 460
84 403
98 178
Wool and other animal hair
47 707
96 789
52 330
Crustaceans, molluscs and aquatic invertebrates
46 513
93 268
28 554
Total exports(c)
22 798 218
17 713 311
17 417 119

(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) Free on board (f.o.b.) value.
(c) Includes categories not listed.
Source: ABS data available on request, International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0).

  • In the September quarter 2009 China was the main export destination, receiving goods from Western Australia to the value of more than $6 billion.
  • The value of exports to Japan rose from the June quarter, but was still nearly $1.9 billion lower than in the September quarter 2008. In addition, exports to the Republic of Korea fell in value to $1.3 billion, 36% lower than in the September quarter 2008 .
  • Of the top ten exporting destinations, the two countries to show an increase in the value of goods received over the year were India ($370 million, up 23%) and Singapore ($180 million, up 25%).

3 INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE(a), Exports - Top 10 Countries

EXPORTS
Sep qtr 2008
Jun qtr 2009
Sep qtr 2009
Country
$'000
$'000
$'000

China
6 480 680
6 703 817
6 134 236
Japan
4 880 174
2 577 536
3 002 670
India
1 625 630
2 157 094
1 997 814
Korea, Republic of
2 097 286
1 382 778
1 337 475
Singapore
724 588
742 215
907 694
United Kingdom
1 464 705
535 629
717 366
Thailand
809 277
622 006
506 837
United States of America
661 090
191 781
301 655
Taiwan
442 170
319 884
294 575
Indonesia
395 097
266 078
252 789
Total Export(b)
22 798 218
17 713 311
17 417 119

(a) Free on board (f.o.b.) value
(b) Includes countries not listed.
Note: ABS data available on request, International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0 )



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