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Change to country label

From the March 2014 issues there will be 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 will also be affected. This change only applies to the label and does not impact the composition of the country data.

Change to Custom Tariff free standing descriptors

From the May 2014 issues, to clarify the correct classification of computer tablets in the Customs Tariff, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service will be amending a label under 84713000. The change in label is only for clarification purposes and does not affect the classification of computer tablets, and therefore there will be no changes to current statistical codes. The Free Standing Descriptors (FSDs) for a small number of current Customs Tariff codes have been amended to reflect the amendment to the label. 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)


Changes to AHECC and Custom Tariff free standing descriptors

From the January 2014 issues, Free Standing Descriptors (FSDs) for a small number of current AHECC and Customs Tariff codes have been amended to correct minor errors. The affected codes are:

AHECC
850590, 851718, 29051910, 85059001, 85171805

Customs Tariff
851718, 2905199052 and 8517180020

The changes impact on detailed import and export statistics available on request.


Changes to Export and Import Statistical codes

From the January 2014 issue of International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0) statistical codes in the Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) and the Customs Tariff classifications have been revised with new codes that came into effect on 1 January 2014. The changes result from the introduction of new statistical codes separately identifying pharmaceuticals in Chapter 30 and carpet in Chapter 57 in both the AHECC and the Customs Tariff. There are also statistical changes in the Customs Tariff identifying carpet underlay in Chapters 39 and 40. The changes impact on detailed import and export statistics available on request.

The Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) (cat. no. 1233.0) was updated on the ABS website on 18 December 2013. Revised pages for the Customs Tariff are available on the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service website <http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page5663.asp>.

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  • Changes to Australian Harmonized Exports Commodity Classification (AHECC)

The following table shows codes that closed on 31 December 2013 and their replacement codes which opened on 1 January 2014.

Closed 31/12/2013Replaced by:
3003401030034040, 30034041, 30034042, 30034043
3004401730044044, 30044045, 30044046, 30044047
5703200057032001, 57032002
5703300057033010, 57033011, 57033012

For information see the Australian Harmonized Exports Commodity Classification (AHECC) (cat. no. 1233.0).
  • Changes to the Customs Tariff

The following table shows codes that closed on 31 December 2013 and their replacement codes which opened on 1 January 2014.

Closed 31/12/2013Replaced by:
3003400048 3003400030, 3003400031, 3003400032, 3003400033
30044000593004400034, 3004400035, 3004400036, 3004400037
39189000903918900031, 3918900032
40081100714008110036, 4008110037
57032000125703200041
57032000135703200041
57032000145703200042, 5703200043
57033000155703300053
57033000165703300050, 5703300051, 5703300052, 5703300053

A complete copy of the updated Customs Tariff is available from the Customs website <http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page5663.asp>.


Future release dates of foreign trade publications

5368.0 – International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia

March 20146 May 2014
April 20145 June 2014
May 20142 July 2014
June 20145 August 2014
July 20144 September 2014
August 20142 October 2014


5439.0 – International Merchandise Imports, Australia

April 201419 May 2014
May 201417 June 2014
June 201417 July 2014
July 201419 August 2014
August 201417 September 2014
September 201421 October 2014




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