In November 2011, the value of Tasmanian goods exported overseas was $224 million, a decrease of 5.5% on the October 2011 value of $237 million.
At the same time, the value of goods imported into Tasmania was $340 million, a significant increase on the October 2011 value of $58 million. Because the value of direct overseas imports into Tasmania is generally small, the total can be disproportionately affected by an occasional single shipment of large value. The last time Tasmania's imports almost reached this level was in July 2002, with $322 million.
In 2009-10 the top five overseas exports from Tasmania were Zinc (SITC 686), Aluminium (SITC 684), Wood chips (SITC 246), Copper ores and concentrates (SITC 283) and Ores and concentrates of base metals (SITC 287).
In 2009-10 the top five overseas imports into Tasmania were Petroleum oils (excl. crude) (SITC 334), Ores and concentrates of base metals (SITC 287), Cocoa (SITC 072), Feeding stuff for animals (SITC 081) and Residual petroleum products (SITC 335).
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International merchandise trade statistics are compiled by the Australian Bureau of Statistics from information submitted by exporters and importers or their agents to the Australian Customs Service (Customs). These statistics represent movements of commodities imported directly from or exported to overseas destinations. Interstate trade movements are not included. International trade statistics are used extensively to monitor Australia's export and import performance and they are a key input to Australia's balance of payments and national accounts statistics.
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