Australia Balance of Trade 1971-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Australia recorded a trade deficit of 2751 AUD Million in May of 2015. Balance of Trade in Australia averaged -519.06 AUD Million from 1971 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 2254 AUD Million in February of 2009 and a record low of -4136 AUD Million in April of 2015. Balance of Trade in Australia is reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-2751.00 -4136.00 2254.00 -4136.00 1971 - 2015 AUD Million Monthly
In 2010 and 2011, Australia reported consistent trade surpluses due to high prices of commodities. However, from 2012 the trade balance has been back to deficit, with exception of first three months of 2014, mostly due to a sharp drop in value of commodity exports and rising capital imports. In 2014, the biggest trade surpluses were recorded with China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. The biggest trade deficits were recorded with the United States, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Content for - Australia Balance of Trade - was last refreshed on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-05-05 02:30 AM Mar A$-1.32B A$-1.07B (R) A$ -1.0B A$ -0.7B
2015-06-04 02:30 AM Apr A$ -3.89B A$-1.23B (R) A$-2.3B A$ -1.7B
2015-07-02 02:30 AM May A$-2.75B A$ -4.13B (R) A$ -2.2B A$ -2.8B
2015-08-05 02:30 AM Jun A$-2.75B A$ -2.8B
2015-09-04 02:30 AM Jul A$ -2.5B
2015-10-02 02:30 AM Aug A$ -2.3B


Australia Trade Deficit Narrows in May


Australia reported a trade gap of $2.75 billion in May 2015, a decrease of 33 percent from a revised $4.14 billion deficit in April 2015, as exports grew while imports fell.

Between April and May 2015, in seasonally adjusted terms, exports of goods and services rose $206 million (+1 percent) to $25,528 million. Non-rural goods rose $313 million (+2 percent), and rural goods rose $164 million (+4 percent). Non-monetary gold fell $286m (-26 percent). Net exports of goods under merchanting remained steady at $32 million. Services credits rose $16 million.

Between April and May 2015, imports fell $1,179 million (-4 percent) to $28,279 million. Capital goods fell $1,065 million (-18 percent), intermediate and other merchandise goods fell $113 million (-1 percent) and consumption goods fell $28million. Non-monetary gold rose $89 million (+31 percent). Services debits fell $61 million (-1 percent)

ABS l Rida Husna l rida@tradingeconomics.com
7/2/2015 3:25:27 AM


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Australia Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -2751.00 -4136.00 2254.00 -4136.00 AUD Million [+]
Exports 25528.00 25659.00 29229.00 435.00 AUD Million [+]
Imports 28279.00 29547.00 29547.00 396.00 AUD Million [+]
Current Account -10741.00 -10239.00 295.00 -20882.00 AUD Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -2.90 -4.10 1.40 -6.70 percent [+]
External Debt 1759864.00 1677740.00 1759864.00 147312.00 AUD Million [+]
Terms of Trade 85.70 88.30 118.50 49.30 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 57525.00 57525.00 57932.00 -37050.00 AUD Million [+]
Capital Flows 10852.00 11537.00 21907.00 -375.00 AUD Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 671600.00 715200.00 806700.00 30100.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 79.84 79.85 79.85 79.69 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 314.00 337.00 781.00 282.00 BBL/D/1K [+]


Balance of Trade Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia -2751.00 May/15 -4136.00 2254.00 -4136.00 AUD Million [+]
Brazil 4527.00 Jun/15 2761.00 5659.37 -4058.14 USD Million [+]
Canada -2974.00 Apr/15 -3853.00 8524.80 -3853.00 CAD Million [+]
China 594.88 May/15 341.34 606.19 -319.71 USD Hundred Million [+]
Euro Area 24941.50 Apr/15 22974.80 24941.50 -16748.10 EUR Million [+]
France -3008.00 Apr/15 -4410.00 2674.00 -7086.00 EUR Million [+]
Germany 22100.00 Apr/15 23100.00 23500.00 -535.91 EUR Million [+]
India -10406.20 May/15 -10990.00 258.90 -20210.90 USD Million [+]
Indonesia 955.00 May/15 477.40 4641.92 -2329.13 USD Million [+]
Italy 3736.00 Apr/15 4011.00 6923.00 -6389.30 EUR Million [+]
Japan -216.00 May/15 -53.44 1608.67 -2795.04 JPY Billion [+]
Mexico -1017.00 May/15 -85.30 1710.25 -3292.30 USD Million [+]
Netherlands 5017.00 Apr/15 5440.00 6329.20 -907.60 EUR Million [+]
Russia 17142.00 May/15 15037.00 20356.00 -185.00 USD Million [+]
South Korea 10243.00 Jun/15 6300.98 10243.00 -4043.45 USD Million [+]
Spain -2253100.00 Apr/15 -890600.00 634935.00 -9834766.00 EUR Thousand [+]
Switzerland 3433.00 May/15 2658.00 3894.91 -1478.68 CHF million [+]
Turkey -6753.00 May/15 -4966.00 24.51 -10453.06 USD Million [+]
United Kingdom -1202.00 Apr/15 -3093.00 2946.00 -5397.00 GBP Million [+]
United States -40879.00 Apr/15 -50566.00 1946.00 -67823.00 USD Million [+]