The value of Australian exports has surged to a new record level in the March quarter.
The latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show the trade surplus increased to a record of $9.2 billion in the March quarter following the record level set in December 2016.
Trade Minister Steven Ciobo said the latest data demonstrates the fundamental strength of Australia’s trade performance.
With exports rising more than imports the current account deficit fell to $3.1 billion in March, the lowest ratio as a share of GDP in over 37 years.
Underpinning the March quarter result were strong rises in export values of both rural and non-rural goods, with large rises reported in cereals, meat, iron ore and coal.
The value of services exports also continue to increase steadily, reaching $18.6 billion in the March quarter.
“In particular, exports of education-related travel services have helped propel total travel exports to a record $11.5 billion,” Mr Ciobo said.
Compared to a year earlier, there were large increases in merchandise export values to China, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia and Germany.
Mr Ciobo said trade agreements, including those with China, Korea and Japan, will continue to deliver substantial benefits for Australia for decades to come.