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Seeking input into a review of international accounts statistical outputs

As Australia's national statistical agency, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides a statistical service that informs discussion and decision making. It is important we ensure we are producing data that are required and in demand. In the area of Balance of Payments and International Investment Statistics, the ABS has moved over the years to increase the range and extent of detail provided in the statistics.

The ABS is reviewing the current outputs and looking at opportunities to implement strategies to reshape the future of Australia’s International Accounts Statistics. The primary focus of the review is re-allocating or shifting the existing resources to ensure International Accounts Statistics remain applicable for users now and into the future.

If you are interested in contributing to the ABS review please contact the International Accounts Director on 02 6252 7988 or balance.of.payments@abs.gov.au. The ABS expects to make an announcement of any decisions by September 2015.


Change to the composition of the EURO Area Category

From the May 2015 issues of International Merchandise Imports, Australia (cat. no. 5439.0) and International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0), the composition of the Euro area category has been updated to include Latvia and Lithuania. The new composition will apply to the whole time series.


Changes to Custom Tariff Free Standing Descriptor

The Free Standing Descriptors for Custom Tariff codes 7210490058, 8471300031, 8471300033, 8471300034 and 8471300090 have been updated on 8 July 2015 to correct a minor error. The update of 7210490058 was necessary because the previous wording incorrectly implied that 'electrolytically plated' products were in scope of the item. The updates of 8471300031, 8471300033, 8471300034, and 8471300090 were necessary to clarify how computer tablets should be classified. These updates ensure conceptual alignment between the free standing descriptors of the statistical codes and the relevant subheading in the Customs Tariff.

The changes do not impact on any data presented in this publication, however the metadata associated with international merchandise trade data available on request have been affected. The changes only apply to the labels and do not impact on the composition of the data.


Import Statistical Code Previous Free Standing Descriptor
7210490058 Flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel electrolytically plated or coated with zinc, of width of 600 mm or more, of a thickness of 2.5 mm or more (excl. electrolytically plated or coated or corrugated)
8471300031Laptops, notebooks and palmtops, weighing not more than 1 kg, consisting of at least a central processing unit, a keyboard and a display
8471300033Laptops, notebooks and palmtops, weighing more than 1 kg but not more than 3 kg, consisting of at least a central processing unit, a keyboard and a display
8471300034Laptops, notebooks and palmtops, weighing more than 3 kg but not more than 10 kg, consisting of at least a central processing unit, a keyboard and a display
8471300090Portable automatic data processing machines, weighing not more than 10 kg, consisting of at least a central processing unit, a keyboard and a display (excl. laptops, notebooks and palmtops)
Import Statistical CodeNew Free Standing Descriptor
7210490058 Flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel plated or coated with zinc, of width of 600 mm or more, of a thickness of 2.5 mm or more (excl. electrolytically plated or coated or corrugated)
8471300031Laptops, notebooks, palmtops and tablets, weighing not more than 1 kg, consisting of at least a central processing unit, a keyboard and a display
8471300033Laptops, notebooks, palmtops and tablets, weighing more than 1 kg but not more than 3 kg, consisting of at least a central processing unit, a keyboard and a display
8471300034Laptops, notebooks, palmtops and tablets, weighing more than 3 kg but not more than 10 kg, consisting of at least a central processing unit, a keyboard and a display
8471300090Portable automatic data processing machines, weighing not more than 10 kg, consisting of at least a central processing unit, a keyboard and a display (excl. laptops, notebooks, palmtops and tablets)



Changes to the AHECC export classification

As a result of the export classification feasibility study into the creation of a more specific Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC), new statistical codes under subheadings 0505, 0511, 1502 and 2301 have been introduced. The Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) - Electronic Publication, Jan 2012 (cat. no. 1233.0) was updated on the ABS website on 10 June 2015. For further information contact the Classification Manager on Canberra (02) 6252 5409 or email international.trade@abs.gov.au.

The following tables show the codes that closed on 30 June 2015 and the replacement codes that opened on 1 July 2015.


Previous AHECC codes
050590
05059000NR- Other
051199
05119940NR-- Other
New AHECC codes
050590- Other
05059001KG-- Feather meal
05059002NR-- Other
051199-- Other
05119941KG--- Blood meal
05119942NR--- Other


Previous AHECC codes
150210- Tallow:
15021000T-- Edible tallow
15021060T-- Other inedible tallow
New AHECC codes
150210- Tallow:
1502100-- Edible tallow
15021001T--- Of beef
15021002T--- Of sheep or goat
15021003T--- Other
1502106-- Other inedible tallow
15021061T--- Of beef
15021062T--- Of sheep or goats
15021063T--- Other


Previous AHECC codes
230110
23011090(a)T- Flours, meals and pellets, of meat or meat offal; greaves:
-- Other
New AHECC codes
230110- Flours, meals and pellets, of meat or meat offal; greaves:
-- Other
23011091(a)T-- Of bovine meat or bovine offal
23011092(a)T-- Of ovine meat or ovine offal
23011093(a)T-- Of porcine meat or porcine offal
23011094(a)T-- Of specialised blended proteins
23011095(a)T-- Of mixed bovine/ovine/caprine meat or mixed bovine/ovine/caprine offal (other than specialised blended proteins)
23011096(a)T-- Other

(a) Includes feed for animals during a voyage. In such cases the Country of Final Destination details should be recorded as 'XZ'.

For the current entire hierarchy of codes, please refer to the Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) - Electronic Publication, Jan 2012 (cat. no. 1233.0).


Changes to Customs Tariff import classification

As a result of the import classification feasibility study into the creation of a more specific Combined Australian Customs Tariff Nomenclature and Statistical Classification (Working Tariff), new statistical codes under subheadings 7228, 7304, 7308, 8443, 8473, 8528 and 8607 have been introduced. The Working Tariff publication will be updated in due course. For further information contact the Classification Manager on Canberra (02) 6252 5409 or email international.trade@abs.gov.au.

The following tables show the codes that closed on 30 June 2015 and the replacement codes that opened on 1 July 2015.


Previous Customs Tariff
722830- Other bars and rods, not further worked than hot-rolled, hot-drawn or extruded:
7228301070T--- Goods, as follows:(a) of high alloy steel;(b) flattened circles and modified rectangles as defined in Note 1(m) to Chapter 72
7228309049T--- Other
New Customs Tariff
722830- Other bars and rods, not further worked than hot-rolled, hot-drawn or extruded:
7228301070T--- Goods, as follows:(a) of high alloy steel;(b) flattened circles and modified rectangles as defined in Note 1(m) to Chapter 72
--- Other
7228309040TContaining indentations, ribs, grooves or other deformations produced during the rolling process
7228309041TOther


Previous Customs Tariff
730490
7304900032T- Other
New Customs Tariff
730490- Other
7304900033TCulverts
7304900034TOther


Previous Customs Tariff
730820
7308200002NR- Towers and lattice masts:
730830
7308300003NR- Doors, windows and their frames and thresholds for doors
730840
7308400004NR- Equipment for scaffolding, shuttering, propping or pit-propping
730890
7308900061TOther
New Customs Tariff
730820- Towers and lattice masts
7308200003TTubular, whether or not tapered
7308200004TOther
730830- Doors, windows and their frames and thresholds for doors
7308300004TOf stainless steel
Other
7308300005T.Windows and their frames
7308300006T.Thresholds for doors
7308300007T.Other
730840
7308400005T- Equipment for scaffolding, shuttering, propping or pit-propping
730890
7308900062TGuard rails and road barriers, prepared for use on bridges and roads
7308900063TSectional components, prepared for use in towers and lattice masts
7308900064TLintels, prepared for use with doors and windows
7308900065TOther


Previous Customs Tariff
844331-- Machines which perform two or more of the functions of printing, copying or facsimile transmission, capable of connecting to an automatic data processing machine or to a network
8443310022NO.Weighing more than 20 kg but not more than 50 kg
844332-- Other, capable of connecting to an automatic data processing machine or to a network
8443320031NO.Weighing not more than 10 kg
New Customs Tariff
844331-- Machines which perform two or more of the functions of printing, copying or facsimile transmission, capable of connecting to an automatic data processing machine or to a network
8443310018NO.Weighing more than 20 kg but not more than 35 kg
8443310019NO.Weighing more than 35 kg but not more than 50 kg
844332-- Other, capable of connecting to an automatic data processing machine or to a network
8443320027NO.Weighing not more than 1 kg
8443320028NO.Weighing more than 1 kg but not more than 5 kg
8443320029NO.Weighing more than 5 kg but not more than 10 kg


Previous Customs Tariff
847330- Parts and accessories of the machines of 8471
8473300070NO.Other
New Customs Tariff
847330- Parts and accessories of the machines of 8471
.Other
8473300071NO..Weighing less than 1 kg
8473300072NO..Weighing 1 kg or more but less than 5 kg
8473300073NO..Weighing 5 kg or more



Previous Customs Tariff
852851-- Of a kind solely or principally used in an automatic data processing system of 8471
8528510032NOFlat screen monitors
852872-- Other, colour
Plasma
8528720023NO.Screen size less than 76 cm ††
8528720024NO.Screen size 76 cm or more but less than 111 cm ††
8528720025NO.Screen size 111 cm or more but less than 137 cm ††
8528720026NO.Screen size 137 cm or more ††
LCD and LED †
8528720081NO.Screen size less than 35 cm ††
8528720082NO.Screen size 35 cm or more but less than 43 cm ††
8528720083NO.Screen size 43 cm or more but less than 51 cm ††
8528720084NO.Screen size 51 cm or more but less than 59 cm ††
8528720085NO.Screen size 59 cm or more but less than 74 cm ††
8528720086NO.Screen size 74 cm or more but less than 84 cm ††
8528720087NO.Screen size 84 cm or more but less than 99 cm ††
8528720088NO.Screen size 99 cm or more but less than 109 cm ††
8528720089NO.Screen size 109 cm or more but less than 125 cm ††
8528720090NO.Screen size 125 cm or more but less than 135 cm ††
8528720091NO.Screen size 135 cm or more but less than 150 cm ††
8528720092NO.Screen size 150 cm or more ††
8528720093NOOther
New Customs Tariff
852851-- Of a kind solely or principally used in an automatic data processing system of 8471
Flat screen monitors
8528510020NO. Weighing not more than 5 kg
8528510021NO. Weighing more than 5 kg but not more than 10 kg
8528510022NO. Weighing more than 10 kg
852872-- Other, colour
8528720001NOWeighing less than 3 kg
8528720002NOWeighing 3 kg or more but less than 5 kg
8528720003NOWeighing 5 kg or more but less than 8 kg
8528720004NOWeighing 8 kg or more but less than 10 kg
8528720005NOWeighing 10 kg or more but less than 12 kg
8528720006NOWeighing 12 kg or more but less than 14 kg
8528720007NOWeighing 14 kg or more but less than 16 kg
8528720008NOWeighing 16 kg or more but less than 18 kg
8528720009NOWeighing 18 kg or more but less than 20 kg
8528720063NOWeighing 20 kg or more but less than 25 kg
8528720064NOWeighing 25 kg or more but less than 30 kg
8528720065NOWeighing 30 kg or more but less than 40 kg
8528720066NOWeighing 40 kg or more

† Includes Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED).
†† Screen size dimensions refer to the viewable screen measured on the diagonal.


Previous Customs Tariff
860719
8607190017NR-- Other, including parts
New Customs Tariff
860719-- Other, including parts
Axles and parts thereof:
8607190018NO. Axles
8607190019KG. Parts of axles
Wheels and parts thereof, including wheels or parts with axles fitted in them:
8607190020NO. Wheels, whether or not fitted with axles
8607190021KG. Parts of wheels
8607190030KGOther


For the entire hierarchy of codes, please refer to the Current tariff classification on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.


Future release dates of foreign trade publications
July 20153 September 2015
August 20156 October 2015
September 20154 November 2015
October 20153 December 2015
November 20157 January 2016
December 20153 February 2016
July 2015 19 August 2015
August 201516 September 2015
September 201520 October 2015
October 201518 November 2015
November 201517 December 2015
December 201519 January 2016



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