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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Jan 2007  
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JANUARY KEY FIGURES

November
2006
December
2006
January
2007
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
696
610
632
Beverages and tobacco
156
121
104
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
195
220
189
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
1 607
1 987
1 644
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
47
40
49
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 729
1 294
1 685
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 880
1 603
1 860
Machinery and transport equipment
6 888
6 416
6 097
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 187
1 905
1 904
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
346
374
427
TOTAL
15 731
14 570
14 591




JANUARY KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, merchandise imports were $14,591m in January 2007, an increase of $21m on December 2006 merchandise imports of $14,570m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods imports (debits) on a balance of payments basis decreased by 1% in seasonally adjusted terms between December 2006 and January 2007.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
February 2007 16 March 2007
March 2007 19 April 2007
April 2007 16 May 2007
May 2007 19 June 2007
June 2007 17 July 2007
July 2007 17 August 2007



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.



CHANGES TO EXPORT AND IMPORT STATISTICAL CODES

As a result of the implementation of an update to the international Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS), statistical codes in the Customs Tariff have been revised from January 2007. In January 2007, data were reported against approximately 1,100 of the 1,400 new 10 digit Tariff item statistical codes, representing about 16% of total imports. Clients using the detailed data will need to take these changes into consideration. Most of the data published are on an "as reported to Customs" basis as the ABS does not have the resources to check all import entries. While there have been reporting issues identified in some tariffs, the ABS has found no evidence of a significant deterioration in the overall quality of reporting under the updated HS.


The HS changes could also impact on statistics presented according to related classifications. No significant impacts could be identified in series presented according to BOPBEC. However, it is not possible to be definitive about the impact on other series (such as SITC) because of the normal volatility in the series and the limitations of the available data.


Included with the Information Paper: Changes on 1 January 2007 to Statistical Codes in the AHECC and the Customs Tariff, 2007 (cat. no. 1233.0.55.001) are correspondences between the codes of the current and the updated version of the Customs Tariff, and correspondences between the updated version of the AHECC and the Customs Tariff, and related classifications. The correspondences can be used by clients to assess the impact on the detailed import statistics.



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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