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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Jun 2006  
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JUNE KEY FIGURES

April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
478
502
483
Beverages and tobacco
88
97
90
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
160
177
183
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
1 835
2 354
2 286
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
40
52
42
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 488
1 689
1 488
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 457
1 585
1 599
Machinery and transport equipment
6 114
6 446
6 553
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
1 679
1 800
1 843
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
676
734
589
TOTAL
14 015
15 436
15 155



JUNE KEY POINTS


NOTES

INTRODUCTION


This publication presents statistics of Australia's merchandise imports classified according to the broadest level (1 digit sections) of the United Nations Standard International Trade Classification. The data are compiled from information submitted by importers or their agents to the Australian Customs Service. For more details see the ABS publication International Merchandise Trade, Australia: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 5489.0) which is accessible on the ABS web site.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS


Preliminary analysis shows that goods imports (debits) on a balance of payments basis decreased by 2% in seasonally adjusted terms between May and June 2006.


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE


The treatment of goods for processing in merchandise trade and Balance of Payments statistics has changed from this issue. A feature article describing the change can be accessed on the ABS web site from the summary page of the May 2006 issue of International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0). This will impact on the time series of merchandise imports presented by treatment code 721.


FORTHCOMING ISSUES


The July 2006 issue of this publication is expected to be released on 22 August 2006, and the August to December 2006 issues are expected to be released on 18 September 2006, 18 October 2006, 16 November 2006, 18 December 2006 and 17 January 2007.


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