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Overseas Merchandise Trade: November 2012
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  10 January 2013
Key facts

For November 2012 compared with November 2011:

  • Exports were down $94 million (2.4 percent) to $3.8 billion.
  • Milk powder, butter, and cheese recorded the largest decrease.
  • Imports were flat at $4.5 billion.
  • Petroleum and products recorded the largest increase for imports.
  • There was a trade deficit of $700 million (18 percent of exports).
  • The trend for exports appears to have been declining in recent months.
  • The trend for imports is 4.8 percent below its peak, which was in September 2008.

 Graph, Merchandise trend values, monthly, September 2006 to November 2012.

Colin Lynch 10 January 2013
Acting Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0320
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