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Overseas Merchandise Trade: March 2013
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  26 April 2013
Key facts

March 2013 quarter:

Values are seasonally adjusted and compared with the December 2012 quarter.

  • Exports rose 0.8 percent to $11.6 billion.
  • The increase in exports was led by a rise of 3.5 percent ($96 million) in the value of milk powder, butter, and cheese.
  • The trend for exports is 4.1 percent lower than the record high of the September 2011 quarter.
  • Imports fell 0.2 percent to $11.5 billion.
  • The trend for imports is 6.6 percent lower than the overall peak of the September 2008 quarter.
  • There was a trade surplus of $52 million (0.4 percent of exports).
 

March 2013 month:

Values are actual and compared with the March 2012 month.

  • Exports were up $213 million (5.1 percent) to $4.4 billion.
  • Meat and edible offal recorded the largest increase, up $100 million (18 percent).
  • Imports fell $319 million (7.9 percent) to $3.7 billion.
  • There was a trade surplus of $718 million (16 percent of exports).

Graph, Merchandise trend values, quarterly, March 2007 to March 2013 quarters.

 

Geoff Bascand 26 April 2013
Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0320

 

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