Mineral resource imports were valued at $14.14b in 2000-01, an increase of $2.08b (17%) from 1999-2000. The main contributors to the rise were: crude oil, up $2,367m (37%) to $8,680m; and refinery petroleum products, up $404m (29%) to $1,779m. Smaller increases were also recorded for diamonds, iron ore and phosphate rock.
In 2000-01 Australian imports of crude oil and other refinery feedstocks decreased by 2.9% to 26,238 ML, and imports of petroleum products decreased by 2.4% to 30,559 ML. Major petroleum products which recorded significant increases were automotive gasoline (11.6%) and aviation turbine fuel (127.2%).
The major sources of Australian imports of crude oil and other refinery feedstocks were Vietnam (6,282 ML), Saudi Arabia (4,016 ML), Indonesia (3,681 ML) and United Arab Emirates (3,170 ML). The major source of both automotive gasoline imports and diesel fuel was Singapore, at 542 ML and 734 ML respectively.