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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Sep 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/10/2006   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

July 2006
August 2006
September 2006
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
495
545
545
Beverages and tobacco
94
113
131
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
152
250
167
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
1 860
2 030
1 836
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
35
53
46
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 556
1 684
1 619
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 555
1 800
1 750
Machinery and transport equipment
5 843
6 383
6 372
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 013
2 122
2 179
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
587
221
395
TOTAL
14 191
15 201
15 041

SEPTEMBER 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 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.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS


Preliminary analysis shows that goods imports (debits) on a balance of payments basis increased by 0.4% in seasonally adjusted terms between August and September 2006. This monthly movement has been calculated prior to the annual seasonal re-analysis, which is carried out on the September monthly and quarterly balance of payments data, and is therefore subject to revision.


FORTHCOMING ISSUES


The October 2006 issue of this publication is expected to be released on 16 November 2006, and the November 2006 to March 2007 issues are expected to be released on 18 December 2006, 17 January 2007, 16 February 2007, 16 March 2007 and 19 April 2007.


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