5.1 ABS international merchandise trade statistics are compiled and disseminated according to several different, but linked, detailed classifications. These classifications are used to identify and compile details of internationally traded goods in a consistent way for statistical and analytical purposes.
5.2 Due to the variety of uses, the different classifications feature different levels of detail and classification criteria, such as the level of manufacturing or processing, the main end-use of the goods or the industry most likely to have produced the goods. The statistics can also be classified by country or country groups, mode of transport and state of origin or destination, to enable detailed analysis of Australia's international merchandise trade.
5.3 The purpose of this section is to briefly describe the main classifications used to collect, compile and disseminate international merchandise trade statistics.