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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Dec 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/01/2006   
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

October 2005
November 2005
December 2005
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
478
572
532
Beverages and tobacco
106
119
98
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
138
172
161
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
1 694
1 615
1 701
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
29
38
31
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 368
1 684
1 446
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 505
1 709
1 447
Machinery and transport equipment
5 846
6 845
6 141
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 065
2 150
1 716
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
130
269
370
TOTAL
13 360
15 173
13 642



DECEMBER 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 show that goods imports (debits) on a balance of payments basis decreased by 2% in seasonally adjusted terms between November and December.


FORTHCOMING ISSUES


The January 2006 issue of this publication is expected to be released on 16 February 2006, and the February 2006 to June 2006 issues are expected to be released on 16 March 2006, 20 April 2006, 16 May 2006, 19 June 2006 and 18 July 2006.


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