The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has today
released the latest edition of its publication Exports of
Primary and Manufactured Products, Australia.
This publication provides a comprehensive analysis of
AustraliaÂs merchandise exports based on DFATÂs
own Trade Exports Classification (TREC) which focuses on the
level of processing applied to Australian produce exports.
Broad TREC commodity information on trade with
AustraliaÂs major trading partners and regional
groupings is also available for both imports and
Highlights of trade in 1997 include a 10 per cent
increase in the value of Australian produce exports to
almost $81 billion. While primary products continue to
dominate AustraliaÂs export base, at 62 per cent of
total exports, manufactures have increased their share to 30
per cent from only 22 per cent a decade ago.
Also included in the 1997 issue are feature articles on
the causes of the economic crisis in East Asia and its
impact on AustraliaÂs merchandise trade to the end of
Copies of this publication can be purchased, for $40, by
contacting the Market Information and Analysis Unit on:
phone (02) 6261 3114 or
fax (02) 6261 3321.
Orders and the analysis and summary tables from Exports of
Primary and Manufactured Products can also be placed via the
Departmental website at /bookshelf
The latest available information on the East Asian
economic crisis is also available under Hot Issues on the
Departmental website at http://www.dfat.gov.au