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Overseas Merchandise Trade: April 2009
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  26 May 2009
Highlights

For the month of April 2009 compared with April 2008 unless otherwise stated:

  • Merchandise exports were valued at $3.6 billion, down $176 million (4.6 percent).
  • Crude oil led the exports decrease, down $204 million (61.3 percent).
  • Merchandise imports were valued at $3.4 billion, down $745 million (18.1 percent).
  • Almost two-thirds of the decrease in imports was due to large one-off capital items in April 2008.
  • Imports of vehicles, parts, and accessories decreased $127 million (32.4 percent).
  • The trade balance was a surplus of $276 million, or 7.5 percent of exports.

Graph, Merchandise Trend Value.

 Geoff Bascand 26 May 2009 
 Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0320 
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