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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, May 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/06/2006   
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MAY KEY FIGURES

March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
483
478
502
Beverages and tobacco
88
88
97
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
185
160
177
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
1 940
1 819
2 334
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
30
40
52
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 638
1 489
1 690
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 554
1 463
1 586
Machinery and transport equipment
6 280
6 116
6 447
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
1 769
1 679
1 801
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
447
676
744
TOTAL
14 414
14 007
15 431



MAY 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 increased by 4% in seasonally adjusted terms between April and May 2006.


FORTHCOMING ISSUES


The June 2006 issue of this publication is expected to be released on 27 July 2006, and the July to November 2006 issues are expected to be released on 22 August 2006, 18 September 2006, 18 October 2006, 16 November 2006 and 18 December 2006.





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