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Topics @ a Glance - Foreign Trade

Current Publications
Feature Articles
Information Papers
Time Series Tables
Customised Data
International Trade Subscription Service
Country Partner Statistics
Discontinued Foreign Trade Publications

Foreign Trade Releases

Foreign trade releases provides a link to foreign trade publications, time series files and a range of feature articles and reference material, all of which can be downloaded free of charge. In addition, more detailed data can be provided on a user pays basis.

Year Book Australia – provides a link to general statistics including information about foreign trade in Australia.

Complete ABS product range – provides a link to the complete suite of ABS publications.

Current Publications

The following publications provide information on the movement of goods and services in and out of Australia or help interpret these statistics. For more information click on the following links: Feature Articles

The feature articles provide information on changes or highlight particular issues related to foreign trade statistics. For more information click on the following links: Information Papers

The information papers provide information on issues or changes effecting the understanding and use of foreign trade statistics. For more information click on the following links: Time Series Tables

The ABS website provides a facility for disseminating data electronically. All spreadsheets are available to be downloaded for free. The facility holds a long time series of data which can be accessed in a variety of table and spreadsheet formats. The links below take you to international merchandise trade data available from Time Series Spreadsheets. After accessing the link, select the Downloads tab. If you would like more information about becoming a Time Series Tables subscriber then contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or by email at

Customised Data

In addition to the data included in the standard publications, more detailed information on Australia's exports and imports is also available. Data can be provided in a number of formats such as spreadsheets, databases or paper reports.

Value and quantity data for exports and imports can be produced for the following classifications:
  • Commodity (available at various levels of detail using HS, SITC, ANZSIC and BEC)
  • Country of origin/destination
  • State/Territory of origin/destination
  • Mode of transport
  • Port of loading / discharge

To request data or more information, please contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or by email at
International Trade Subscription Service

The International Trade Subscription Service provides regular reports for the goods of interest to you. Subscription reports can be provided at monthly, quarterly or annual intervals. Subscribers use the data in market analysis and as an indicator of trade trends for particular market segments, products, seasonal demand, and prices.

There are three main advantages in subscribing to the Trade Subscription Service:
  • Cost: subscribing is cost effective as it can be amortised over a financial year period offering savings when compared to irregular ad hoc requests
  • Timeliness: new data is sent to you on the day of release from 11.30am
  • Updates: subscribers receive revisions and updates for free, it's all part of the service

Country Partner Statistics

The ABS maintains close relationships with a number of national statistical agencies in developed countries. These relations, particularly the opportunities for sharing experiences on the latest technologies and developments that are generated through them, are valuable to the ABS. The ABS has provided some analysis of trade with particular countries. The ABS has also undertaken bilateral reconciliations of trade data with a number of agencies. For more information click on the following links:
Discontinued Foreign Trade Publications

The following publications have been discontinued. Please note that the 5422.0 has been replaced with 5368.0 from the April 2003 issue. For more information click on the following links:

Commonwealth of Australia 2008

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