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Overseas Merchandise Trade: January 2012
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  27 February 2012
Key facts

For January 2012 compared with January 2011:

  • Exports were up $430 million (13 percent) to $3.7 billion.
  • Milk powder, butter, and cheese recorded the largest increase.
  • Imports were up $637 million (19 percent) to $3.9 billion.
  • The one-off importation of large aircraft had a large influence on the import value.
  • There was a trade deficit of $199 million (5.3 percent of exports).
  • The trend for export values remains at a record-high level.
  • The trend for import values is 5.1 percent below its peak in September 2008.

 Graph, merchandise trend values, monthly, December 2005 to January 2012.  

 
 
Dallas Welch (Mrs) 27 February 2012
Acting Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0320

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