4.1 In Australia, data from the DIBP has been the primary source of international merchandise trade statistics for over 100 years. The ABS uses information from the DIBP which has been provided to them by importers, exporters, shipping companies, airlines, freight forwarders, or agents on behalf of these businesses, so that the goods can be cleared for entry to, or export from, Australia.
4.2 This section describes the exports and imports information which is collected by the DIBP and transferred to the ABS. The way the ABS receives, transforms, quality assures and aggregates data for dissemination is explained. The small number of non-DIBP data sources are also described.