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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Nov 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/12/2006   
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NOVEMBER KEY FIGURES

September
2006
October
2006
November
2006
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
543
602
695
Beverages and tobacco
131
132
157
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
167
253
196
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
1 784
1 845
1 628
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
46
45
47
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 619
1 734
1 729
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 750
1 844
1 881
Machinery and transport equipment
6 383
6 955
6 891
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 159
2 277
2 188
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
395
669
346
TOTAL
14 977
16 356
15 758


NOVEMBER KEY POINTS


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods imports (debits) on a balance of payments basis decreased by 4% in seasonally adjusted terms between October and November 2006.


CHANGES TO EXPORT AND IMPORT STATISTICAL CODES
Statistical codes in the Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) and the Customs Tariff will be revised from 1 January 2007. The changes result from the implementation of an update to the international Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System. The changes will not impact directly on statistics presented in or associated with this publication (which are on a SITC or BEC basis) but will impact on detailed import and export statistics provided via ABS Client Services.


More information about these changes is available from the ABS web site Information Paper: Changes on 1 January 2007 to Statistical Codes in the AHECC and the Customs Tariff, 2007 (cat. no. 1233.0.55.001). Included with the information paper are correspondences between the codes of the current and the updated versions of the AHECC and the Customs Tariff, and correspondences between the updated versions of the AHECC and the Customs Tariff, and related classifications. The correspondences can be used by clients to understand the impact on the detailed import and export statistics.


CHANGES TO FUTURE RELEASES

  • From the December 2006 issue of this publication, a pdf will not be provided. All the information included in the pdf is available from the summary page of this issue. There will be no change to time series spreadsheets.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
December 2006 17 January 2007
January 2007 16 February 2007
February 2007 16 March 2007
March 2007 19 April 2007
April 2007 16 May 2007
May 2007 19 June 2007



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 International Merchandise Trade, Australia: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 5489.0) on the ABS web site. More detailed merchandise imports data are available on the ABS web site www.abs.gov.au from the Details tab of this issue or by contacting the National Information and Referral Service.


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Olivia Lam on Canberra (02) 6252 7406.


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