5 Things Australia Imports from China

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August 1, 2014 12:09 PM EST

Every year, Australia imports a variety of goods from China. Although, China has recently been involved in a food scandal where it was found that it exported food products that were deemed contaminated, Australia maintains very stringent policies to ensure that the quality of goods that are brought in and sold for consumption are fully safe and of good quality.

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This undated handout photograph shows a field of wheat growing near Bruce Rock in Western Australia.

Just so everyone knows, here are the top products that Australians acquire from the Chinese each year, according to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

1.  Food

Wheat, meat and other food products and ingredients are imported from China by Australia every year. Stringent testing and a long list of guidelines are implemented and enforced to ensure that these are of excellent quality and up to par with the available locally produced goods. Australia is known for producing and manufacturing high-grade meats and food products so the appropriate agencies ensure that food brought in from China and other places pass the standards and tag the products accordingly to fully inform consumers.

2. Telecommunication equipment and parts

As the business sector of the country continues to flourish, Australia imports about $4.9 million worth of telecom items, parts and accessories each year. These are used for the production of state-of-the-art devices for commercial and casual use.

3. Computers

Australia also imports a lot of computers. In 2013, the country brought in $4.65 million worth of computers and related equipment. These are ultimately used to equip offices, schools, homes and other small businesses.

4. Clothing

China is one of the biggest exporters of clothing and accessories. Australia also brings in $4.61 million worth of clothes every year. These still go through the standard tests to ascertain that they are of good quality and will meet the demands of consumers. These are also forwarded to clothing brands and suppliers and tagged accordingly to be sold to retail customers.

5. Furniture, mattresses and cushions

The demand for furniture and mattresses continue to grow every year. Australia spends over $2 million importing office and home furniture as well as related accessories and components. These are also distributed to shops and furniture sellers to be retailed to consumers.

Australia's economy is bound to experience significant growth through 2015 but will still heavily depend on China's exports to meet its demand for supplies.

(Photo: REUTERS/DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULT / )
This undated handout photograph shows a field of wheat growing near Bruce Rock in Western Australia.
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