March 2010 quarter:
Values are seasonally adjusted and compared with the December 2009 quarter unless otherwise stated.
- Exports increased 10.4 percent to $10.4 billion. This follows four quarterly decreases.
- Milk powder, butter, and cheese dominated the increases in exports.
- Imports increased 6.8 percent to $10.2 billion, also following four quarterly decreases.
- The rise in imports was led by increases in intermediate goods and consumption goods.
- The trade balance was a surplus of $233 million (2.2 percent of exports).
March 2010 month:
Values are actual and compared with the March 2009 month unless otherwise stated.
- Exports were up 0.1 percent ($3 million) to $4.1 billion.
- Milk powder, butter, and cheese showed the largest increase.
- Imports decreased 3.5 percent ($126 million) to $3.5 billion.
- Electrical machinery and equipment, and mechanical machinery and equipment led the fall in imports.
- The trade balance was a surplus of $567 million (14.0 percent of exports).