What things does Australia import?


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Australia imports crude and refined oil and petroleum products, cars, machinery and transportation equipment. Medicine and medical instruments, computers, telephones and broadcasting equipment, gold, rubber equipment for cars and tires, metalwork and other products are also imported. Additionally, Australia imports services. Australia is a member of several trade organizations and has free-trade agreements with several countries.

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Australia was ranked the 19th biggest importer in the world in 2010. The country's largest import as of 2013 is personal travel services, and the top 25 Australian imports include freight transportation services, technical and business services and business travel services. Imported medicines include antibiotics, penicillin, streptomycin, insulin, hormones and alkaloids. Imported rubber equipment includes tires, tire treads and rubber tire tubing. Imported metalwork includes iron, steel and aluminum structures. Australia's 18th biggest import is furniture, mattresses and cushions.

The country imports from China, the United States, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Germany, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, South Korea, New Zealand and other countries. Australia belongs to the following trade organizations: the World Trade Organization, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the European Union, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and G20. Australia has free-trade agreements with the United States, Singapore, Chile and Thailand.

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