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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Apr 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/05/2007   
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APRIL KEY FIGURES

February 2007
March 2007
April 2007
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
585
581
565
Beverages and tobacco
110
122
97
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
180
245
247
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
1 548
1 952
1 792
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
35
42
47
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 721
1 732
1 726
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 727
1 857
1 683
Machinery and transport equipment
5 681
6 447
6 198
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
1 913
2 035
1 733
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
587
359
490
TOTAL
14 089
15 373
14 579




APRIL KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the April 2007 merchandise imports were $14,579m, a decrease of $794m (5.2%) on the revised March 2007 merchandise imports of $15,373m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods imports (debits) on a balance of payments basis decreased by 3% in seasonally adjusted terms between March 2007 and April 2007.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
May 2007 19 June 2007
June 2007 17 July 2007
July 2007 17 August 2007
August 2007 18 September 2007
September 2007 18 October 2007
October 2007 19 November 2007



INTRODUCTION

This publication presents statistics of Australia's merchandise imports classified according to the broadest level (1 digit sections) of the United Nations Standard International Trade Classification. The data are compiled from information submitted by importers or their agents to the Australian Customs Service. For more details see International Merchandise Trade, Australia: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 5489.0) on the ABS web site. More detailed merchandise imports data are available on the ABS web site www.abs.gov.au from the Details tab of this issue or by contacting the National Information and Referral Service.



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Julia Jacques on Canberra (02) 6252 7042.


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