5368.0 - International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia, Oct 2017 Quality Declaration 
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CHANGES IN THIS AND FORTHCOMING ISSUES


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

Country Breakdown Charts

Country breakdown charts have been included in this issue of the publication. These charts shows Australia's major trading partners for the financial year 2016-17. The first chart shows the countries with the largest combined trade in both exports and imports of goods and services, whilst the second shows total exports and total imports for each country.


CHANGES IN FORTHCOMING ISSUES

Customs Tariff

From the January 2018 issue of this publication, there will be numerous changes to export statistical codes in the Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) - Electronic Publication (cat. no. 1233.0) and import statistical codes in the Combined Australian Customs Tariff Nomenclature and Statistical Classification (Working Tariff). These changes will lead to statistical codes closing on 31 December 2017 and new replacement codes opening on 1 January 2018. All changes will be updated in late December 2017 on the ABS Website in appendices 6.1 and 6.2 of the International Merchandise Trade, Australia: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2015 (cat. no. 5489.0). In addition, exports changes will be updated in the Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) - Electronic Publication (cat. no. 1233.0) and imports changes will be updated on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website in the Working Tariff.

Reasons for the changes include:

  • The International Chemical Weapons Convention
In order for Australia to comply with the International Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), in consultation with the DIBP, have implemented changes for both import and export statistical codes. As a result Chapters 28, 29, 30 and 38 will be impacted.
  • Aluminium panel changes
Following a review by DIBP and ABS, changes have been applied to import statistical codes in Chapter 76 in relation to aluminium panels.
  • Pork Imports Classification Feasibility Study
The ABS has conducted a Classification Feasibility Study that will result in changes to pork import classifications from Chapter 16.