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Exports of Primary and Manufactured Products Australia 2008-09

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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade released today the publication Exports of Primary and Manufactured Products, Australia 2008-09.

The publication analyses trade data on Australian-produced merchandise exports by level of processing for Fiscal Year 2008-09.

Key points are as follows:

  • The value of Australian-produced merchandise exports rose by 28 per cent in 2008-09, to nearly $223 billion
    • driven by a strong rise in exports of primary products (up 42 per cent).
  • Australian-produced exports accounted for 97 per cent of all Australian exports.
  • The principal Australian produced exports in 2008-09 included
    • resources such as coal, iron ore and gold
    • agricultural commodities (beef, veal and wheat).

Exports of Primary and Manufactured Products 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, fax (02) 6261 3321 or email

The analyses and tables from the publications are placed on the DFAT website. Hard copy orders can also be placed at this site.

Media inquiries

  • DFAT Media Liaison - 02 6261 1555
Last Updated: 9 October 2009
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