TIPS Import Tracker (2)

The Import Tracker is a quarterly analysis of import trends. The reports provide an overview of import patterns and look at the causes of surges in manufacturing imports, and their likely impact on industry. 

It is produced in a partnership between the Department of Trade and Industry and TIPS.

Quarter 2 2018 continued a trend of recovery in trade volumes. 2018 also featured a trade surplus for the quarter, although the 5% surplus was lower than the previous two years - 8% in 2017 and 10% in 2016.
Quarter 1 2018 marked the first trade deficit since Quarter 1 2016, but nevertheless featured a continued recovery in general trade volumes following a contraction in trade after the end of the commodity super cycle.