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China becomes Australia's largest services export market

China became Australia�s largest services export market in the last financial year, with exports growing 13.4 per cent year-on-year, to AUD 5.8 billion in 2009-10, according to a new publication, Trade in Services, Australia 2009-10, released today by theDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The United States, which had held the top spot as Australia�s largest services export market since 1983-84, moved into second place at just under AUD 5.3 billion.

Education-related travel services was the largest service export to China in 2009-10 valued at AUD 4.4 billion, followed by exports of Other personal travel services valued at AUD 610 million and Business services (such as financial, insurance, professional and technical services) valued at AUD 255 million.

The overall value of Australia�s two-way trade in services with the world fell by 2.6 per cent in 2009-10 to AUD 106.3 billion, as a result of the global economic downturn. Australia�s trade in services accounted for 20.7 per cent of Australia�s total trade in goods and services. Exports of services fell 0.2 per cent to AUD 52.8 billion while imports of services fell 4.8 per cent to AUD 53.5 billion.

Trade in Services, Australia 2009-10 is part of a series published each year by DFAT, providing a valuable account of Australia�s international trade in goods and services. The publications are available here.

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