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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Feb 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/03/2011   
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FEBRUARY KEY FIGURES

December 2010
January 2011
February 2011
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
762
662
687
Beverages and tobacco
175
120
101
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
212
158
152
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
3 010
2 225
2 771
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
50
28
47
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 842
1 905
1 805
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 836
1 854
1 938
Machinery and transport equipment
6 914
5 976
5 791
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 240
2 086
2 168
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
1 108
763
1 107
TOTAL
18 149
15 777
16 569





FEBRUARY KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the February 2011 merchandise imports were $16,569m, an increase of $792m (5%) on the revised January 2011 merchandise imports of $15,777m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods debits (imports) on a balance of payments basis in original terms increased $661m (4%). In seasonally adjusted terms goods debits increased $1,010m (6%) from $17,022m in January 2011 to $18,032m in February 2011. Intermediate and other merchandise goods rose $854m (12%) with the fuels and lubricants component up $561m (26%) after decreasing by 26% the previous month. Capital goods rose $92m (2%), non-monetary gold rose $53m (19%) and consumption goods rose $11m.


IMPACT OF THE FLOODS
  • Extensive flooding began in late December 2010 in Queensland, and was more extensive in both Queensland and other states in January 2011. The collection and processing of data included in this publication were not disrupted.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
March 2011 19 April 2011
April 2011 18 May 2011
May 2011 21 June 2011
June 2011 19 July 2011
July 2011 18 August 2011
August 2011 19 September 2011



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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