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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Aug 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/09/2005   
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AUGUST KEY FIGURES

June 2005
July 2005
August 2005
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
463
441
514
Beverages and tobacco
66
75
97
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
160
147
169
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
1 529
1 596
1 414
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
29
29
31
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 428
1 478
1 613
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 424
1 496
1 647
Machinery and transport equipment
5 909
5 771
5 911
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
1 588
1 746
2 027
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
276
190
362
TOTAL
12 872
12 969
13 785


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


INTRODUCTION OF NEW CUSTOMS SYSTEM


From 12 October 2005 all goods arriving in Australia will be recorded and monitored using Customs' Integrated Cargo System. For more information, including details of delays to ABS releases, refer to the article 'ABS Management of the Impact of the Implementation of the Imports Component of the New Customs System' released on the ABS website concurrently with this issue. To access this article select: Themes then International Trade then Topics of Interest.


FURTHER INFORMATION


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. Ausstats tables 8 and 9 are being released as data cubes with a link to time series spreadsheets.


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