5368.0 - International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia, Dec 2017 Quality Declaration 
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Preference code classification changes

Amendments to the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement that came into effect in December 2017, including a new preference scheme code, are not reflected in the International Merchandise Trade statistics for the December 2017 month. This amendment does not impact on the data contained in this publication, but does impact users of ABS' data subscription services who utilise the 'preference code' data item. Revised data for the December 2017 month will be available from the release of the January 2018 issue of International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0) on 8 March 2018.


Customs Tariff

From the January 2018 issue of this publication, there will be numerous changes to export statistical codes in the Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) - Electronic Publication (cat. no. 1233.0) and import statistical codes in the Combined Australian Customs Tariff Nomenclature and Statistical Classification (Working Tariff). These changes led to statistical codes closing on 31 December 2017 and new replacement codes opening on 1 January 2018. All changes were updated in December 2017 on the ABS Website in appendices 6.1 and 6.2 of the International Merchandise Trade, Australia: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2015 (cat. no. 5489.0). In addition, exports changes were updated in the Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) - Electronic Publication (cat. no. 1233.0) and imports changes were updated on the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) website in the Working Tariff.

Reasons for the changes include:

  • The International Chemical Weapons Convention
In order for Australia to comply with the International Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), in consultation with Home Affairs, have implemented changes for both import and export statistical codes. As a result Chapters 28, 29, 30 and 38 will be impacted.
  • Aluminium Panel Changes
Following a review by Home Affairs and the ABS, changes have been applied to import statistical codes in Chapter 76 in relation to aluminium panels.
  • Pork Imports Classification Feasibility Study
The ABS has conducted a Classification Feasibility Study that has resulted in changes to pork import classifications from Chapter 16.