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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Apr 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/05/2006   
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APRIL KEY FIGURES

February 2006
March 2006
April 2006
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
457
483
478
Beverages and tobacco
80
88
88
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
142
185
160
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
1 972
1 943
1 797
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
24
30
40
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 562
1 638
1 490
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 380
1 555
1 463
Machinery and transport equipment
5 051
6 281
6 120
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
1 607
1 770
1 695
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
403
457
676
TOTAL
12 679
14 430
14 007


APRIL 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. More detailed merchandise imports data are available from AusStats or by contacting the National Information and Referral Service.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS


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


FORTHCOMING ISSUES


The May 2006 issue of this publication is expected to be released on 19 June 2006, and the June 2006 to October 2006 issues are expected to be released on 27 July 2006, 22 August 2006, 18 September 2006, 18 October 2006 and 16 November 2006.


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