1367.0 - State and Territory Statistical Indicators, 2012  
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Graph Image for Monthly Merchandise Trade, WA

Graph Image for Merchandise trade, top 5 commodities, 2010-11, WA

In January 2012:
  • the value of WA goods exported overseas was $8,406 million, a decrease of 25.2% on the December 2011 value of $11,244 million. WA accounted for 43.7% of total Australian exports in January 2012.
  • the value of goods imported into WA was $2,771 million, an increase of 6.3% on the December 2011 value of $2,608 million, and 41.2% higher than in January 2011.

In 2010-11:
  • the top five overseas exports from WA were Iron ore and concentrates (SITC 281), Non-monetary gold (SITC 971), Petroleum oils (incl. crude) (SITC 333), Natural gas (SITC 343) and Wheat (SITC 041)
  • the top five overseas imports into WA were Non-monetary gold (SITC 971), Petroleum oils (incl. crude) (SITC 333), Petroleum oils (excl. crude) (SITC 334), Motor cars (SITC 781), and Vehicles for transport of goods (SITC 782). Non-monetary gold, in the form of leaf, foil, bullion and other fabricated gold products (including granules), is imported into WA for processing before being exported in a different form.
  • the main destination for WA exports was China ($47.2 billion) while China was also the main source of imports ($3.3 billion).

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Where do imports and exports statistics come from?

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. 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.