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Exports of Primary and Manufactured Products in 2007-08

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Media Release

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade released today
the publication Exports of Primary and Manufactured
Products, Australia 2007-08

The publication analyses trade data on Australian-produced
merchandise exports by level of processing.

Key points in the document are:

  • The
    value of Australian-produced merchandise exports rose by 8.6
    per cent in 2007-08 to $234.3 billion;
  • Australian-produced merchandise exports accounted for 96.3 per
    cent of Australia's total merchandise exports in
  • Exports of Primary products, Elaborately transformed
    manufactures and Services were all higher during the period,
    but exports of Simply transformed manufactures fell slightly;
  • The
    rise in Australia's exports was more than offset by an
    11.5 per cent rise in imports during the financial year which
    was underpinned by robust domestic consumption and

– as a result, the trade deficit increased
by $7.9 billion to $20.6 billion.

Exports of Primary and Manufactured Productsis 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

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

Media Enquiries: DFAT Media Liaison - 02 6261

Last Updated: 14 January 2013
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