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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Jan 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/02/2006   
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JANUARY KEY FIGURES

November 2005
December 2005
January 2006
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
572
532
485
Beverages and tobacco
119
97
87
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
172
161
152
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
1 614
1 692
1 800
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
38
31
35
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 683
1 446
1 487
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 709
1 456
1 463
Machinery and transport equipment
6 842
6 138
5 565
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 150
1 715
1 741
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
269
370
543
TOTAL
15 167
13 638
13 358

JANUARY 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 3% in seasonally adjusted terms between December 2005 and January 2006.


FORTHCOMING ISSUES


The February 2006 issue of this publication is expected to be released on 16 March 2006, and the March 2006 to July 2006 issues are expected to be released on 20 April 2006, 16 May 2006, 19 June 2006, 18 July 2006 and 16 August 2006.



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