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CHARACTERISTIC: STRENGTH OF THE ICT INDUSTRY
Exports of ICT goods (including re-exports) were valued at $2,329.4 million and mainly comprised $890.8 million of computer parts, consumables and accessories and $496.3 million of radio, television and other communication equipment and apparatus.
IMPORTS AND EXPORTS OF ICT GOODS AND SERVICES
(b) Exports include exports of Australian commodities and re-exports of goods of foreign origin.
(c) See ABS cat. no. 8126.0 for a list of commodities included in the commodity group.
Source: ABS Information Technology, Australia, 2002–03 (cat. no. 8126.0).
Merchandise import and Merchandise export data are compiled by the ABS from information submitted by importers, exporters or their agents to the Australian Customs Service. Services trade data are collected in the ABS Survey of International Trade in Services.
Imports (customs value)
The value of imports is the Australian Customs value. This includes inland freight, insurance and other distributive services in the exporting country, up to the place of export and is usually the same as or very close to the f.o.b. value.
The value of exports is the free on board (f.o.b.) transaction value of the goods expressed in Australian dollars. The f.o.b. value includes the value of packaging (other than containerisation) and excludes freight and insurance costs for the overseas route.
ICT MANUFACTURING EXPORTS (SHARE) AND TRADE BALANCE
(a) Office and computing machinery; radio, TV and communication equipment; insulated wire and cable; ICT scientific instruments.
(b) Calculated as ICT exports minus ICT imports divided by total manufacturing trade (the average of exports and imports).
(c) ICT manufacturing trade balance, latest year available is 2000.
(d) Share of ICT manufacturing exports etc., 2000 instead of 2001.
Source: OECD, International Trade in Commodity Statistics (ITCS) and Structural Analysis (STAN) databases, August 2002 Measuring the Information Economy 2002 (http://www.oecd.org).
ICT sector exports and imports at current prices have been estimated using the OECD’s International Trade in Commodity Statistics (ITCS) database. The OECD definition of the ICT manufacturing sector, based on ISIC Rev. 3, has been used as the basis for the ICT trade indicators. Current price exports and imports for this sector have been derived from the product-based data in OECD’s International Trade in Commodity Statistics (ITCS) database by applying a standard Harmonised System Rev. 1 (HS1) to ISIC Rev. 3 conversion key. The trade indicators thus constructed here reflect trade in goods for which the ICT manufacturing sector can be considered the origin. This type of aggregation, as well as the use of a single conversion key for all OECD countries, means that the figures reported here are not strictly comparable with those published by individual countries.
Data for both imports and exports of individual countries include imported goods that are subsequently re-exported. Imports and subsequent re-exports may be in the same or in different reference periods. In the latter case, this may influence not only indicators of countries’ relative trade performance but also indicators of individual countries’ trade balances.
The ICT sector trade balance is calculated as ICT exports minus ICT imports divided by total manufacturing trade (the average of exports and imports).
For information see the OECD web site, Measuring the Information Economy 2002.