Media Release

17 June 2009

Australia's Composition of Trade 2008

Australia's total value of trade in goods and services increased 23.1 per cent in 2008 to $561 billion, according to a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Publication, Composition of Trade Australia 2008, released today.

In volume terms, total trade rose 7.7 per cent.

2008 Highlights:

Composition of Trade Australia 2008, (COT) provides a comprehensive analysis of the growth, direction and commodity breakdown of Australia's merchandise exports and imports in recent years.  The services trade over a five year period is assessed.

The COT is part of a series published each year by DFAT, providing a valuable account of Australia's international trade in goods and services.  DFAT also offers a customised consultancy service, producing reports tailored to specific requirements.  For further information please contact (02) 6261 3114, or fax (02) 6261 3321 or email statssection@dfat.gov.au

The analyses and tables from the publications are placed on the DFAT website at :

http://www.dfat.gov.au/publications/stats-pubs/composition_trade.html

Hard copy orders can also be placed at this site.

Media Enquiries: DFAT Media Liaison - 02 6261 1555