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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Feb 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/03/2006   
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FEBRUARY KEY FIGURES

December 2005
January 2006
February 2006
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
532
484
459
Beverages and tobacco
97
87
80
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
158
149
142
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
1 686
1 807
1 971
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
30
35
24
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 448
1 488
1 563
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 455
1 461
1 382
Machinery and transport equipment
6 137
5 569
5 054
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
1 712
1 740
1 608
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
370
543
403
TOTAL
13 626
13 363
12 685



FEBRUARY 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 decreased by 3% in seasonally adjusted terms between January and February 2006.


FORTHCOMING ISSUES


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





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