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Overseas Merchandise Trade: August 2013
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  25 September 2013
Key facts

For August 2013 compared with August 2012:

  • Goods imports rose $398 million (9.7 percent) to $4.5 billion.
  • Ships, boats, and floating structures led the increase in imports, up $203 million, which includes a large one-off item.
  • Goods exports rose $19 million (0.6 percent) to $3.3 billion.  
  • Logs, wood, and wood articles led the increase in exports, up $120 million.
  • There was a trade deficit of $1.2 billion (36 percent of exports).
  • The trend for exports is 3.7 percent below the series high point of August 2011.
  • The trend for import values (excluding one-off imports) has been increasing in recent months.

Graph, Merchandise trend values, monthly, June 2007 to August 2013.

Liz MacPherson 25 September 2013
Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0320

 

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