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Wine imports in 2001-02 by country of origin

The volume of Australian wine imports increased by 24.9% in the past year to 17.2 ML in 2002 (see table) and the value increased by 27.5% to A$134.7 million (see below). Imports accounted for 4.1% of all domestic sales in 2002, up from 3.5% in 2001. Sparkling wine accounted for 22.1% of all imports and imported sparkling wine accounted for 10.7% of all sparkling wine consumed in Australia. The average price per litre increased from A$7.67 in 2001 to A$7.83 in 2002.

According to ABS data for fiscal year 2001-02, Italy remains the leading source of imports by volume, with 34.4% of the market. France held 37.6% of the market by value and has the most highly valued wine at $15.98 per litre. New Zealand surpassed France and became the second largest importer to Australia in fiscal year 2001-02.

Country
Quantity
'000
litres
Value
$'000
Value/
litre
1 Italy 4,983 24,902 5.00
2 France 2,716 43,396 15.98
3 New Zealand 3,894 34,841 8.95
4 Portugal 484 2,049 4.23
5 Greece 407 972 2.39
6 Spain 386 2,232 5.78
7 Germany 371 1,809 4.88
8 Chile 264 1,294 4.90
9 United States 239 878 3.67
10 South Africa 142 770 5.42
11 Hungary 99 369 3.73
Other 494 2,044 4.14
TOTAL 14,479 115,556 7.98
Source: Unpublished data, International Trade database as reported in ABS 1329.0
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