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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Apr 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/05/2009   
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APRIL KEY FIGURES

February 2009
March 2009
April 2009
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
628
755
671
Beverages and tobacco
110
145
142
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
138
157
124
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
1 999
1 851
1 888
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
40
49
46
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 816
2 040
1 996
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 859
1 972
1 754
Machinery and transport equipment
5 253
6 615
5 988
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 060
2 429
2 378
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
2 630
1 299
1 239
TOTAL
16 531
17 314
16 228





APRIL KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the April 2009 merchandise imports were $16,228m, a decrease of $1,086m (6%) on the revised March 2009 merchandise imports of $17,314m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods imports (debits) on a balance of payments basis decreased by $388m (2%) in seasonally adjusted terms from $17,657m in March 2009 to $17,269m in April 2009. Other goods fell $463m (35%) with non-monetary gold down $305m (32%), capital goods fell $47m (1%) and consumption goods fell $38m (1%). Intermediate and other merchandise goods rose $160m (2%) with other merchandise goods up $151m.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
May 2009 18 June 2009
June 2009 16 July 2009
July 2009 20 August 2009
August 2009 17 September 2009
September 2009 20 October 2009
October 2009 18 November 2009



INQUIRIES

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