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

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

In January 2012:
  • the value of NSW goods exported overseas was $3,178 million, a decrease of 12.9% on the December 2011 value of $3,650 million
  • the value of goods imported into NSW was $6,908 million, a decrease of 4.1% on the December 2011 value of $7,200.

In 2010-11:
  • the top five overseas exports from NSW were Coal (SITC 321), Copper ores and concentrates (SITC 283), Aluminium (SITC 684), Petroleum oils (excl. crude) (SITC 334), and Medicaments (SITC 542)
  • the top five overseas imports into NSW were Medicaments (SITC 542), Telecommunications equipment (SITC 764), Petroleum oils (incl. crude) (SITC 333), Automatic data processing machines (SITC 752), and Motor cars (SITC 781)
  • the main destination for NSW exports was Japan ($9.7 billion) while China was the main source of imports ($20.5 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.