Media Release

30 November 2009

Australia's Composition of Trade 2008-09

Australia's total value of trade in goods and services increased 14.6 per cent in 2008-09 to $563.7 billion, according to a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade publication, Composition of Trade Australia 2008-09, released today.

Despite the adverse impact of the global economic crisis on world trade, Australia exports rose 1.8 per cent in volume terms in 2008-09, while imports fell by 2.5 per cent.

Composition of Trade Australia 2008-09, (COT) provides a comprehensive analysis of the growth, direction and commodity breakdown of Australia's exports and imports in recent years.

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 statssection@dfat.gov.au

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

http://www.dfat.gov.au/publications/stats-pubs/composition_trade.html.

Hard copy orders can also be placed at this site.

Media Enquiries: DFAT Media Liaison - 02 6261 1555