TRADE BY COMMODITY
About a quarter (25.4%) of Victoria's merchandise exports in 2007-08 were Food and live animals, followed by Machinery and transport equipment (23.4%). Compared with 2006-07, exports of Food and live animals rose by $366m and Machinery and transport equipment rose by $336m. However, exports of commodities in the Combined confidential items of trade category rose by $424m over the same period. The largest decreases in exports were Beverages and tobacco (-$346m) and Crude materials, inedible, except fuels (-$255m).
Food and live animals accounted for almost a third (32.7%) of Victoria's exports in March quarter 2009, while Machinery and transport equipment contributed 18.0% of the total.
Imports of Machinery and transport equipment comprised 41.2% of total Victorian imports in 2007-08, almost three times the size of the next largest category (Miscellaneous manufactured articles, 15.1%). Increases were recorded in all of the import commodity categories when compared with the previous financial year. The largest increases were in Machinery and transport equipment ($1,764m), Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials ($1,344m) and Chemicals and related products ($517m).
In March quarter 2009, Machinery and transport equipment made up 35.9% of the state's imports, with a further 19.6% being Miscellaneous manufactured articles.
View underlying table as an Excel spreadsheet: 1367.2 International Merchandise Trade, Victoria, By Commodity (file size 28kB).