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Change to country label

From the August 2014 issues there will be a label change to the country currently known as Cape Verde:

CountryNew label
Cape Verde Cabo Verde

This change will impact time series spreadsheet table 2 and data cubes 8 and 9 of International Merchandise Imports, Australia (cat. no. 5439.0) and time series spreadsheet tables 14a, 14b, 36a – 36j, 37a – 37i of International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0). International merchandise trade data available on request will also be affected. This change only applies to the label and does not impact the composition of the country data.


Change to port label

From the August 2014 issues there will be a label change to the port currently known as All Ports-Cape Verde:

PortNew label
All Ports–Cape VerdeAll Ports–Cabo Verde

This change will impact on detailed import and export statistics available on request. This change only applies to the label and does not impact the composition of port data.


Revision to correspondence between AHECC and Standard International Trade Classification Revision 4

From the August 2014 issue of International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0) minor amendments to the concordance between the Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) and the Standard International Trade Classification Revision 4 (SITC Rev. 4) will be implemented. These changes will impact on table 12 and time series spreadsheet tables 12a and 12b of International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0). These changes are described in Information Paper: Revision to correspondences to AHECC and Customs Tariff (cat. no. 5368.0.55.021) released on 23 June 2014.


Revision to correspondence between Customs Tariff and Standard International Trade Classification Revision 4

From the August 2014 issues, minor amendments to the concordance between the Combined Australian Customs Tariff Nomenclature and Statistical Classification (Customs Tariff) and the Standard International Trade Classification Revision 4 (SITC Rev. 4) will be implemented. These changes will impact on time series spreadsheet tables 1, 3 and 7 and data cubes 8 and 9 of International Merchandise Imports, Australia (cat. no. 5439.0). Table 13 and time series spreadsheet tables 13a, 13b and 34 of International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0) will also be impacted. These changes are described in Information Paper: Revision to correspondences to AHECC and Customs Tariff (cat. no. 5368.0.55.021) released on 23 June 2014.


Feature Article

The feature article Export and Import Invoice Currencies, June 2014 was published in the June 2014 issue of International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0). This article analyses the major currencies used to invoice merchandise trade and highlights which goods are invoiced in these currencies.


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 July 2014.


Change to Custom Tariff Free Standing Descriptors

From the May 2014 issues, there are some changes in Free Standing Descriptors to clarify the correct classification of computer tablets in the Customs Tariff. The change in labels under 84713000 are only for clarification purposes and do not affect the classification of computer tablets, and therefore there are no changes to current statistical codes. The Free Standing Descriptors for a small number of current Customs Tariff codes have been amended to reflect the amendment to the labels. The affected codes are:

Tariff CodeFree Standing Descriptor
8471300031Laptops, notebooks, palmtops and tablets, weighing not more than 1 kg, consisting of at least a central processing unit, a keyboard and a display
8471300033Laptops, notebooks, palmtops and tablets, weighing more than 1 kg but not more than 3 kg, consisting of at least a central processing unit, a keyboard and a display
8471300034Laptops, notebooks, palmtops and tablets, weighing more than 3 kg but not more than 10 kg, consisting of at least a central processing unit, a keyboard and a display
8471300090Portable automatic data processing machines, weighing not more than 10 kg, consisting of at least a central processing unit, a keyboard and a display (excl. laptops, notebooks, palmtops and tablets)


Change to country label

From the March 2014 issues there is a label change for China as shown:

CountryNew label
China China (excluding SARs and Taiwan)

This change impacts time series spreadsheet tables 2 and 6, and data cubes 8 and 9 of International Merchandise Imports, Australia (cat. no. 5439.0) and publication table 14 and time series spreadsheet tables 14a, 14b, 36a – 36j, 37a – 37i of International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0). International merchandise trade data available on request are also affected. This change only applies to the label and does not impact the composition of the country data.


Future release dates of foreign trade publications

5368.0 – International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia

August 2014 2 October 2014
September 2014 4 November 2014
October 2014 4 December 2014
November 2014 6 January 2015
December 20143 February 2015
January 20155 March 2015

5439.0 – International Merchandise Imports, Australia

August 201417 September 2014
September 201421 October 2014
October 201418 November 2014
November 201417 December 2014
December 201420 January 2015
January 201517 February 2015



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