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Exports of Australian Manufactures Rebound

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Media release from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Australia's exports rose 13 per cent in 2004-05 to $161.7 billion according to analysis released today by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Australian produced goods were worth $119.6 billion, re-exports $7.1 billion and services exports worth $35.0 billion.

The new DFAT publication, Exports of Primary and Manufactured Products, Australia 2004-05, provides a comprehensive analysis of Australian-produced merchandise trade by level of processing.

Exports of manufactured products rose seven per cent to $29.7 billion in 2004-05. Manufactures made up 25 per cent ($29.7 billion) of all Australian-produced merchandise exports in 2004-04. Within the manufactures category, exports of simply transformed manufactures (STM), which consist of mainly basic metal manufactures, rose by seven per cent to $10.2 billion. Exports of elaborately transformed manufactures (ETM), which include sophisticated products such as electronic components, office and telecommunication equipment, motor vehicles and a variety of other machinery and equipment, also rose by seven per cent to $19.5 billion.

Exports of primary products rose 24 per cent to $77.4 billion in 2004-05, a strong recovery from the six per cent decline recorded in 2003-04. The rise was mainly due to strong rises in fuels and minerals exports (both unprocessed and processed) and processed foods.

Unprocessed fuels exports grew 47 per cent in 2004-05 to $22.8 billion, driven by higher commodity prices for coal and crude petroleum exports. Unprocessed minerals rose 39 per cent to $15.3 billion in 2004, largely due to higher exports of metalliferous ores such as iron, zinc, copper and lead ores.

Strong rises in processed primary products were also recorded in 2004-05. Processed food exports rose 12 per cent to $14.9 billion, largely driven by higher beef, wine and dairy exports, while processed fuel exports rose 33 per cent to $6.4 billion. A 16 per cent rise in processed minerals exports to $4.5 billion was mostly due to higher alumina exports.

Exports of Primary and Manufactured Products, Australia 2004-05 (priced at $43) is part of a series published each year by DFAT, providing comprehensive information on Australia's international trade in goods and services. DFAT also offers a customised consultancy service, producing reports tailored to specific requirements. For further information contact (02) 6261 3114, fax (02) 6261 3321 or email The analysis and summary tables from publications, and an order form, are available at:

Media enquiries:
Matt Anderson, DFAT Media Liaison, (02) 6261 1555

Last Updated: 19 September 2014
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