Media release from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

D13 - 12 July 2005 

New Publications Feature Regional Trade

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade today released three new e-Publications which focus on Australia's trade flows and trends with East Asia, the European Union and the Americas.

Each publication provides a comprehensive analysis of the growth, direction and composition of Australia's merchandise and services trade with each region. Individual reports for each country provide major economic indicator data and information on Australia's significance as a trading partner.

Australia's Trade with East Asia

The value of Australia's total trade in goods and services to East Asia rose 13 per cent in 2004 to $153.6 billion and accounted for 47 per cent of Australia's world trade. Coal ($9.1 billion), iron ore ($5.7 billion) and crude petroleum ($3.8 billion) were Australia's largest merchandise export items to East Asia in 2004, with the most important markets being Japan, China, Republic of Korea and Singapore.

Australia's Trade with the European Union

In 2004 total trade in goods and services to the EU rose two per cent to $62.4 billion, accounting for 19 per cent of Australia's world trade. Coal ($1.9 billion), alcoholic beverages ($1.3 billion) and gold ($1 billion) were Australia's largest merchandise export items to the region in 2004. The United Kingdom was the largest export market within the EU, followed by Germany, the Netherlands and Italy.

Australia's Trade with the Americas

Australia's trade with the Americas, valued at $49.6 billion in 2004, accounted for 15 per cent of Australia's world trade. Major merchandise exports to the Americas included beef and veal ($1.5 billion), alcoholic beverages ($1.1 billion), crude petroleum ($555 million), coal ($528 million) and passenger vehicles ($504 million). Exports to the United States dominate Australia's trade with the Americas with the United States accounting for 77 per cent of exports, Canada accounting for 13 per cent and Central America, the Caribbean and South America accounting for the remaining 10 per cent.

The publications (priced at $20 each or $55 for the set of three) are the first electronic publications to be added to the series of trade publications published each year by DFAT. E-mailed in pdf format, the publications can be purchased through the Market Information and Analysis Section (ph 02 6261 3114, fax 02 6261 3321 or e-mail).

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