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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Dec 2006  
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

October
2006
November
2006
December
2006
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
602
695
606
Beverages and tobacco
132
157
121
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
253
196
224
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
1 831
1 607
1 978
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
45
47
40
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 735
1 729
1 294
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 844
1 880
1 603
Machinery and transport equipment
6 954
6 888
6 417
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 276
2 187
1 906
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
669
346
374
TOTAL
16 342
15 733
14 562




DECEMBER KEY POINTS

ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, merchandise imports were $14,562m in December 2006, a decrease of $1,171m (7%) on November 2006 merchandise imports of $15,733m.

PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods imports (debits) on a balance of payments basis increased by 2% in seasonally adjusted terms between November and December 2006.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
January 2007 16 February 2007
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



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

Statistical codes in the Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) and the Customs Tariff will be revised in the January 2007 issue of this publication. The changes result from the implementation of an update to the international Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System. The changes will not impact directly on statistics presented in or associated with this publication (which are on a SITC or BEC basis) but will impact on detailed import and export statistics provided via ABS Client Services.


More information about these changes is available from the ABS web site Information Paper: Changes on 1 January 2007 to Statistical Codes in the AHECC and the Customs Tariff, 2007 (cat. no. 1233.0.55.001). Included with the information paper are correspondences between the codes of the current and the updated versions of the AHECC and the Customs Tariff, and correspondences between the updated versions of the AHECC and the Customs Tariff, and related classifications. The correspondences can be used by clients to understand the impact on the detailed import and export 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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