Media Release

25 November 2008

Australia's Composition of Trade 2007-08

Australia's total value of trade in goods and services increased 10 per cent in financial year 2007-08 to $489 billion, according to a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade publication Composition of Trade Australia 2007-08 released today. In volume terms, total trade rose 8 per cent.

In 2007-08:

Composition of Trade Australia 2007-08 (COT) analyses 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, which 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.


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