Australian Import Statistics

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Up to date Australian import data – latest December 2022 = $AUD 36122 million. In total, the value of imports in 2022 were 28% higher than 2021.

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Australian import data include:

  • Year and month
  • Australian HS codes
  • Countries of origin
  • Ports of loading and discharge
  • Values (FOB and CIF), quantities and gross weights
  • Modes of Transport and transport costs
  • Decades  of History


  • Import market share analysis
  • Monitor competitors and new entrants
  • Analyze price quantity relationships and shipment sizes
  • Identify new potential sales opportunities 
  • Identify market segments
  • Identify seasonal patterns
  • Support import dumping cases


    Six Common Issues to Address When Analyzing Australian Import or Export Statistics

    Unfortunately, due to strictly enforced Privacy Laws in Australia, Australian import or export statistics do not include
    any company or importer/exporter information. This sort of information is not available from any source in Australia
    as its release is against Australian Law.

    In some instances, you may be able to deduce company information where you are able to combine trade statistics
    with other market knowledge you may have. For example:

    1.  Let us assume your competitor has factories and warehouses in Jakarta (Indonesia) and you are confident
      they are the only company exporting to Australia from that location. In these circumstances, imports from
      Jakarta may be deduced as your competitor company imports
    2. Second example – you believe you and your competitor are the only firms exporting from Fremantle
      (Western Australia) to Japan. You are then able to subtract from Fremantle to Japan exports, your own
      exports, to estimate your competitors exports volumes and prices.

    When products are exported or imported their trade is measured in terms of HS codes. All products have a HS code. The HS codes are an international hierarchical system of coding from 2-digits down to 8 or 10-digits.

    To demonstrate how the coding system works, the table below shows Australian Import and Export codes for “Oranges”.

    At the 2-digit level all fruits and nuts are coded under the 2-digit code 08. Under Code 08 there are 14 different 4- digit codes of which one is 0805 Citrus Fruit. Under the 4-digit code 0805, there are 5 different 6-digit citrus fruit codes. Oranges is found under code 080510 – Fresh or Dried Oranges.

    Down to the 6-digit level all countries use the same codes as it is an international standard that they adhere to. So, all countries will classify oranges under code 080510. However, countries can choose to further subdivide to an 8 or 10-digit level if they wish. These 8 or 10-digit codes will comprise the original 6-digit codes (the first 6 digits) and any further digits the country chooses. These 8 or 10-digit codes are then unique to each country. International standardization is only down to the 6-digit level.

    In the example below Australia does not subdivide imports of oranges but does subdivide exports of oranges as shown. Exports of Oranges are an important export product for Australia, so Australia has chosen to further subdivide the 6-digit code to be able to undertake more detailed or product-specific analyses.


    HS Code Lookup



    The first step in any trade analysis is to select the correct HS code for your product. At TradeData we offer you:

    • We can assist you for FREE for a HS Code Lookup or
    • We are happy to assist – Fill out the Form and we can do some basic analysis about your segment

    It is an important initial step to judge how well the chosen HS code represents your product. The best HS codes are
    those that represent homogeneous products – that is codes that represent products that are similar. An example is
    the Australian export code of 08051011 = Fresh Navel Oranges. If it is a Fresh Navel Orange, it is not a Valencia
    Orange, or a lemon and so on. This code well describes the product.

    Other HS codes may have several products within them. However, if the different products are quite distinctive in
    terms of their characteristics, a meaningful analysis can usually be undertaken. An example is the Australian import
    code 9018120043 – Ultrasonic scanning apparatus. Within this code most imports arrive from China and the USA
    with a price range of between $50 and $700 a machine. However, there are significant import volumes at prices
    between $7,500 and over $10,000 a unit. Obviously, these higher priced machines are quite different to the lower
    priced 500 machines. If you were knowledgeable in this industry, you would be able to relate these higher priced
    imports to individual market segments and it would be sensible to analyze them separately to the lower priced

    Dividing import or export statistics into discrete market segments is one of the more important analyses that can be
    undertaken using trade statistics. TradeData can assist you to undertake these analyses.
    The last HS code example is one where the code does not well represent an individual product and is Australian
    import code 8443990071 = Parts for paper feeders for photocopying apparatus. This code will have a wide range of
    different parts included within it. In this instance, other than very general information on the total value of imports,
    little meaningful analysis can be undertaken with this data.

    Once you have selected your correct code it is important then to assess how accurately the code(s) represents your
    product(s) and will this then enable accurate analysis. TradeData are happy to assist in this.

    In some instances, where HS codes do not well represent a single or small number of products, no quantities are required to be recorded. This was the case with the above example with Australian import code 8443990071 – Parts for paper feeders for photocopying apparatus. The reason for not recording quantities is that the individual items that make up the HS code are so varied that any quantity measure would not be an accurate measure of anything.

    The Australian import and export data are collated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and they operate under Government Legislation that require them to collect information but also prohibits them from releasing information where activities of individuals or firms can be identified. The way the ABS balances these two conflicting objectives is to first release trade information and then restrict data where a firm/individual can demonstrate that the release of the data would be likely to enable their identification. These determinations are regularly reviewed and often change.


    An example – let us assume for a HS code there are relatively low volumes of imports from a wide range of countries, and large volumes arrive from Japan and South Korea into the Port of Melbourne. Let us also assume there is a single major distribution company that has warehousing facilities in Melbourne, and they are the only firm importing from Japan and South Korea.


    That distributor may then apply to the ABS who, when considering the evidence, may decide to restrict the release of Port and State details and the release of import volumes from Japan and South Korea. In this instance the ABS sums imports from Japan and South Korea into a new country called “No Country Details”. The results are all imports are still measured and available for analysis, but that it would not be possible to separately identify imports from Japan and South Korea or into which ports they arrive. These details have been restricted due to these confidentiality concerns.

    There are different levels of confidentiality with the most extreme of no information at all released down to less extreme level where some Countries, Ports or States are restricted.

    If confidentiality of information is likely to be an issue, please contact us and we will advise you on the best way to proceed

    Our clients range from

    Large scale Australian manufacturers/importers to small wholesalers/importers and start-up firms

    Overseas companies looking to export to Australia

    University and other research institutions and consulting firms 



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    Since late 1994, TradeData has supplied Australian import data services to industry and government interested in using Australian import statistics. 

    Jim lang is the founder and Managing Director. Jim is a Senior Economist with more than 40 years experience in applied economic/statistics research and the provision of information services to firms, government, industry and development agencies.  The principal objective of TradeData is to supply the detailed international trade statistics from around the world to for clients to make BETTER BUSINESS DECISIONS“.

    TradeData has serviced the international trade statistics needs of hundreds of clients for more than 25 years.

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