Australia's Exports in the December Quarter

Media Release

17 April 2008

Media Release

Australia’s trade performance in the December quarter 2007 is analysed in the Autumn 2008 issue of Trade Topics: A Quarterly Review of Australia’s International Trade, released today by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Key points include:

  • The value of exports of goods and services, in seasonally adjusted terms, was $54.3 billion in the December quarter 2007, a 0.3 per cent decrease on the previous quarter
    • for the year, exports rose 3.8 per cent to $218 billion.
  • Imports of goods and services rose 3.2 per cent to $61.2 billion in the December quarter 2007
    • imports were up 7.0 per cent to $237 billion for the year, leading to the third-largest deficit on record for a calendar year.
  • Australia’s terms of trade rose 0.7 per cent in the quarter.
  • Net exports detracted 1.0 per cent from GDP growth in the quarter.

Trade Topics brings together a range of statistical information produced by Australian government agencies and international organisations.  It includes analysis of the latest trade developments, designed to keep Australians informed of market conditions and trends. 

The publication includes quarterly and annual data on Australia’s trade in goods and services by commodity, market, level of processing, and State and Territory as well as selected macroeconomic, commodity price and investment information.  It contains four articles, including one on Australia’s trade relationship with India and one which examines price rises in a number of agricultural commodities.

Trade Topics is one of a series of trade publications published each year by DFAT.  Full electronic versions of the publications are now available free-of-charge on the departmental website at

An option to purchase hard copies of the publications is also available at the website.  For further information, contact (02) 6261 3114, fax (02) 62613321 or email

Last Updated: 14 January 2013