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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Dec 2003  
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KEY FIGURES


Oct
Nov
Dec
2003
2003
2003
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
453
398
477
Beverages and tobacco
105
75
77
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
170
164
185
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
777
633
912
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
22
23
28
Chemicals and related products n.e.s.
1,492
1,060
1,115
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1,445
1,259
1,256
Machinery and transport equipment
5,464
4,853
5,217
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
1,816
1,531
1,472
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
187
190
295
Total imports
11,931
10,186
11,033



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.


DETAILED DATA

More detailed merchandise imports data are available through the National Information and Referral Service, by subscription to AusStats, a 24 hour Internet access service to all ABS statistics, or by tailored subscription (telephone 1300 135 070).


FURTHER INFORMATION

For more details on the classifications used and basis of compilation, see the ABS publication International Merchandise Trade, Australia: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 5489.0) which is accessible on the ABS website. Select Themes then International Trade then Publications.

For further information about these and related statistics, contact Heather Burgess on Canberra 02 6252 7094 or the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

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