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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Sep 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/10/2003   
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KEY FIGURES


Jul
Aug
Sep
2003
2003
2003
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
406
383
436
Beverages and tobacco
78
77
95
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
169
168
156
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
625
750
850
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
38
40
31
Chemicals and related products n.e.s.
1,205
1,214
1,175
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1,330
1,310
1,424
Machinery and transport equipment
4,951
5,080
5,214
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
1,588
1,619
1,797
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
216
235
315
Total imports
10,606
10,876
11,493



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

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