International merchandise trade exports data presented in tables 12-15 of this publication are based on information provided by exporters to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs and Border Protection). At the time of initial reporting to Customs and Border Protection quantity and unit price information might be estimated for commodities such as iron ore and coal. Final quantity and/or unit price information are updated progressively in merchandise trade data as exporters revise the information provided to Customs and Border Protection. When additional information on quantity and/or unit price for these commodities are available, the ABS may adjust the balance of payments series in current price, original terms to minimise future revisions.
In most instances transfer of ownership occurs when goods cross the customs frontier. In certain circumstances the ownership of large value capital expenditure items can occur prior to the items crossing the customs frontier. To minimise revisions the ABS may adjust the relevant balance of payments series to record the timing when transfer of ownership was effected.
Iron ore (in original terms)
- a negative $80m adjustment has been applied to the 'metal ores and minerals' component for December 2012. All the previous adjustments have been removed.
Capital expenditure (in original terms)
- the 'capital goods n.e.s.' component includes an estimate of expenditure on capital goods that have changed ownership but have not yet crossed the customs frontier.