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EXPORTS OF AUSTRALIAN PRODUCED WINE
EXPORTS OF WHITE AND RED/ROSÉ TABLE WINE
In original terms, 48.4 million litres of Australian produced wine were exported in January 2009, a decrease of 27.8% on December 2008 and an increase of 16.3% on January 2008. In January 2009, 19.0 million litres of Australian produced white table wine were exported, a decrease of 31.3% from last month and an increase of 37.5% on January 2008. Australian producers exported 28.5 million litres of red and rosé table wine in January 2009, a decrease of 24.4% from last month and a 6.3% increase on January 2008.
UNIT VALUE OF WINE EXPORTS
In original terms, the value of the wine exported this month (48.4 million litres) was $151.3m, a decrease of 31.4% in value from December 2008. The average value of Australian wine exported in January 2009 was $3.13 per litre, down from $3.29 per litre last month and down from $3.59 per litre in January 2008.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ABS AND AWBC WINE EXPORT FIGURES
The value of wine exports reported in this publication is derived by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) from customs export records and the ABS converts the value on the day of shipment, at the daily conversion rate (see paragraph 10 of the Explanatory Notes for more detail). The Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation (AWBC) also report the value of exports and the exporter makes the conversion when submitting wine for export approval. With the AWBC method, it is expected that some of the conversions will occur at hedged rates. This does not occur with the ABS method. For January, the value reported by the ABS was $151.3m, while the AWBC value was $147.2m. When the Australian exchange rate is moving significantly the alternative methods will result in diverging valuations.
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