Australia's trade with East Asia, Europe and the Americas: 2012

Media release

13 August 2013

Three new geographic trade statistical publications released by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade today showed that in 2012:

Australia's exports to East Asia were valued at $197.6 billion, down 3.3 per cent on the previous year.

Imports from East Asia rose 8.2 per cent to $142.6 billion in 2012.

The value of exports to Europe was $29.2 billion in 2012, down $2.3 billion on the previous year. Services exports accounted for a third of total exports, valued at $9.7 billion.

Australian imports from Europe were worth $63.5 billion, up 3.4 per cent from 2011.

In 2012, exports to the Americas totalled $21.4 billion, down 4.4 per cent on 2011.

Imports from the Americas were valued at $51.3 billion, up 7 per cent on the previous year.

Combined, East Asia, Europe and the Americas accounted for the majority of Australia's international trade in 2012. East Asia accounted for 55.2 per cent, Europe for 15 per cent and the Americas for 11.8 per cent of total trade.

These trade publications are part of a series published each year by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Australia's international trade in goods and services.

The analyses and tables from the publications are available on the DFAT website, or by sending an email to for a customised consultancy service.

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