Media release from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

D10 - 9 July 2004

Exports Rise an Average of Seven Percent Per Year

Analysis released today by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) shows Australian exports of goods have risen an average seven per cent per annum over the last 10 years.

A new DFAT report Exports of Primary and Manufactured Products, Australia, 2003, provides a comprehensive analysis of Australian produced merchandise exports over the last 10 years, focusing on the level of processing of our exports.

Despite a fall in 2003, exports of Australian-produced goods rose by an average seven per cent per annum over the last 10 years to reach $100.1 billion in 2003.   Exports of primary products rose by an average seven per cent per annum to $60.2 billion, as did exports of manufactures to $28.2 billion.  

Within the manufactures category, exports of simply transformed manufactures, which consist of mainly basic metal manufactures, rose by seven per cent per annum to $9.8 billion in 2003.   Exports of elaborately transformed manufactures, which include sophisticated products such as electronic components, computer equipment, motor vehicles and parts and a variety of other machinery and equipment, rose by six per cent per annum to $18.5 billion.

Exports of Primary and Manufactured Products (priced at $38.50) is part of a series published each year by DFAT, providing comprehensive information on Australia's international trade in goods and services.   The Department also offers a customised consultancy service, producing reports tailored to specific requirements.   For further information please contact (02) 6261 3114, fax (02) 6261 3321 or email statssection@dfat.gov.au.

The analysis and summary tables from publications are placed on the Department's website at http://www.dfat.gov.au/publications/statistics.html.   Orders for publications can also be placed at this site.

Media enquiries:  Nicole Guihot, DFAT Media Liaison Section, (02) 6261 1555