the value of SA goods exported overseas was $679 million, a decrease of 36.4% on the December 2011 value of $1,068 million
the value of goods imported into SA was $587 million, a decrease of 1.0% on the December 2011 value of $593 million.
the top five overseas exports from SA were Wheat (SITC 041), Copper (SITC 682), Alcoholic beverages (SITC 112), Copper ores and concentrates (SITC 283), and Iron ore and concentrates (SITC 281)
in 2010-11 the top five overseas imports into SA were Petroleum oils (excl. crude) (SITC 334), Motor cars (SITC 781), Motor vehicle parts and accessories (SITC 784), Ores and concentrates of base metals (SITC 287), and Vehicles for transport of goods (SITC 782)
the main destination for SA exports was China ($2.2 billion) while China was also the main source of imports ($1.2 billion).
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.
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