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

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

Hard copy orders can also be placed at this site.

Media Enquiries: DFAT Media Liaison - 02 6261 1555