8504.0 - Shipments of Wine and Brandy in Australia by Australian Winemakers and Importers, March Quarter 2011  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/05/2011   
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1 The information shown in this publication for the domestic sales of Australian produced wine is obtained directly from winemakers by means of a mail collection. The brandy sales figures shown represent quantities on which excise duty was paid, i.e. the quantity of brandy released for sale. Statistics relating to import clearances are based on information provided to the Australian Customs Service by importers and their agents.


2 The information on domestic sales of Australian produced wine is obtained from 117 winemaking enterprises with sales of 250,000 litres or more in either of the previous two financial years. These account for approximately 97% of total wine sales. All sales data are collected on an Australia-wide basis only and state figures are therefore not available.


3 Figures relating to international trade in wine and brandy provide a basis for assessing the overall wine market. ABS procedures are designed to ensure that sufficient editing is undertaken to guarantee the quality and integrity of trade statistics to at least the six-digit Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) level.

4 Imports cleared for home consumption comprise those goods entered for home consumption, together with goods cleared from Customs warehouses. Re-imports (goods originating in Australia that have been exported but then returned to source) are only included as imports in the event they contribute significantly to the value of imports.

5 In order to retain stability in the time-series of data, the selection of countries for which imports data has been presented has been based upon the level of annual imports from the previous financial year.

6 The value of imports is the Australian customs value. Goods are valued at the point of containerisation (in most cases) or the port of shipment, or at the customs frontier of the exporting country, whichever comes first.


7 ABS publications draw extensively on information provided freely by individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations. Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated: without it, the wide range of statistics published by the ABS would not be available. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act 1905.


8 Another ABS publication which may be of interest is the Australian Wine and Grape Industry (cat. no. 1329.0). This is a statistical compendium of Australia’s wine and grape industries containing information on: area of vines and production of grapes by state; wine production and grapes crushed by state; structure of the wine manufacturing industries; stocks of wine held by winemakers at 30 June; domestic wine sales; exports and imports of wine and consumption of wine.

9 Current publications and other products by the ABS are listed on the ABS web site. The ABS also issues a daily Release Advice on the web site which details products to be released in the week ahead.