ABS data for International Merchandise Trade

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) International Merchandise Trade data is valuable for understanding import and export commodities passing through Australia’s ports and airports. It contains detailed records of commodity information by tonnes and value, port of departure, port of arrival, country of origin and destination, and mode of transport. The historical data from 2005 to 2020 is presented quarterly and the data from July 2020 is presented monthly. The most recent data in the 'Imports from July 2020' and 'Exports from July 2020' files is 3 months old as of the most recent update.

As the ABS International Merchandise Trade data is derived from customs data, it is part of the NFDH Customs data project. Additional information about the Customs data project is available on the Projects page on the NFDH website.

Specific information about the data, including limitations, and the complete imports and exports visualisation can be found on the Imports and Exports interactive page. The visualisation below illustrates the import information contained in this dataset. Click here to view this visualisation in full screen.

Note: As of 1 January 2024, ABS have updated how domestic and overseas ports are classified in imports and exports data. As a result, data prior to this may have varied field codes. Changes have also been made to the Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC).

Data and Resources


Additional Info

Field Value
Source https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/economy/international-trade/international-trade-goods-and-services-australia/latest-release
Author ABS
Maintainer ABS
Last Updated April 1, 2024, 10:02 (UTC)
Created September 8, 2022, 04:02 (UTC)
Asset Type Dataset
AGIFT Theme Trade
Source (Internal / External) External - Other
Access Rights Open
Temporal Coverage From 2005
Geographic Scope National
Data Status Current
Update Frequency Monthly