International trade in goods statistics are subject to confidentiality. Where necessary, a restriction is placed, at the commodity level, to restrict the level of detail available. Depending on the nature of restriction, this may be all detail relating to the product (no commodity details), or a restriction of only some variables (e.g. selected country details). Users of this publication and other international trade statistics should use the Confidential Commodities List (CCL) in Table 92 to determine whether a particular statistic has been subject to confidentiality restrictions, and therefore may not represent the true aggregate value.
The CCL Data Cube registers all import and export commodities subject to a confidentiality restriction and presents information under the following headings:
- changes and new restrictions to import items in the current month
- changes and new restrictions to export items in the current month
- all import restrictions from January 1988 to the current month
- all export restrictions from January 1988 to the current month.
There are additional confidentiality applications that impact ABS international trade in goods statistics that are not reflected in this data cube. These are presented in the International Merchandise Trade, Australia: Concepts, Sources and Methods which also provides more detailed information on international merchandise trade confidentiality.
For further information, including how to interpret the Confidential Commodities List, please see the Explanatory Notes section in Table 92.