International Merchandise Trade Statistics, September 2012

Release No: 26

Date: 25th July 2012


 

Provisional data show that the value of Fiji’s import of goods for the month of November 2011 was $381.9 million, while domestic exports and total exports were $121.3 million and $204.2 million respectively.

Compared to the previous corresponding month, imports increased by $85.3 million (28.8%) and total exports increased by $70.9 million (53.3%). Of the total exports, domestic exports increased by $46.8 million (62.8%) and re-exports increased by $24.2 million (41.1%).ovt12 

The November 2011 trade deficit amounted to $177.7 million compared to October’s $181.7 million.

Imports
For the month of November 2011, Live animals: animal products; Vegetable products; Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, spirits & tobacco; Mineral products; Machinery & mechanical & electrical appliances & parts thereof and Vehicles, aircrafts, vessels & associated transport equipment comprised 71.6 per cent of imports. Of these:

  • Mineral products contributed 33.3 per cent, of which gas oil (diesel) contributed 20.1 per cent, aviation turbine fuel 7.6 per cent and light oils & preparation 3.5 per cent;
  • Machinery & mechanical & electrical appliances & parts thereof contributed 11.1 per cent. Contributing to this increase was small increases in many items;
  • Live animals: animal products contributed 9.5 per cent, of which fresh fish contributed 6.2 per cent and milk and cream 1.5 per cent;
  • Vegetable products contributed 7.1 per cent, of which wheat and meslin contributed 3.9 per cent and semi milled & wholly milled rice 0.9 per cent;
  • Vehicles, aircrafts, vessels & associated transport equipment contributed 5.6 per cent, of which motor vehicles contributed 3.1 per cent and parts of aeroplanes and helicopters 1.2 per cent and;
  • Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, spirits & tobacco contributed 5.0 per cent. Contributing to this increase was small increases in many items.

For the month of November 2011, Fiji’s major sources of imports were:

  • Singapore, up $44.0 million (50.3%) to $131.5 million due to increased imports of gas oil (diesel) and aviation turbine fuel;
  • Australia, up $7.2 million (9.8%) to $81.4 million due to increased imports of filtering and purifying machinery for liquids;
  • New Zealand, up $5.8 million (13.2%) to $49.8 million due to increased imports of milk and cream, semi-finished products of iron or non-alloy steel and medical or surgical apparatus;
  • China – People’s Republic, up $14.6 million (105.6%) to $28.4 million due to increased imports of reservoirs, tanks and similar containers of iron or steel and;
  • United States of America, down $5.3 million (34.4%) to $10.1 million due to decreased imports of aircrafts and parts of aeroplanes and helicopters.

Domestic Exports

For the month of November 2011, Vegetable products; Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, spirits & tobacco; Wood, cork & articles thereof & plaiting material; Textiles & textile articles and Pearls, precious, semi precious stones & metals comprised 83.4 per cent of domestic exports. Of these:

  • Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, spirits & tobacco contributed 48.9 per cent, of which sugar contributed 28.5 per cent, mineral water 11.1 per cent and sweet biscuits 2.6 per cent;
  • Pearls, precious, semi precious stones & metals contributed 13.9 per cent, of which gold contributed 13.5 per cent;
  • Wood, cork & articles thereof & plaiting materials contributed 7.9 per cent, of which woodchips contributed 4.6 per cent and mahogany 1.9 per cent;
  • Textiles and textile articles contributed 6.9 per cent, of which garments contributed 6.0 per cent and;
  • Vegetable products contributed 5.8 per cent, of which flour contributed 2.0 per cent and dalo 1.9 per cent.

For the month of November 2011, Fiji’s major export destinations were:

  • United Kingdom, up $35.2 million (13,174.2%) to $35.4 million due to increased exports of sugar;
  • Australia, up $3.4 million (13.2%) to $29.1 million due to increased exports of gold;
  • United States of America, up $5.8 million (59.2%) to $15.7 million due to increased exports of mineral water;
  • New Zealand, up $1.4 million (21.9%) to $7.6 million due to increased exports of dalo and;
  • Japan, up $1.8 million (40.7%) to $6.2 million due to increased exports of woodchips.

Re-Exports

Re-exports totaled $82.9 million compared to $58.7 million in the previous corresponding month. Petroleum products sold to visiting ships, aircrafts and to the neighbouring Pacific Island Countries earned $46.4 million.

If you want more detailed information on the Trade Statistics for November 2011, please contact the Fiji Bureau of Statistics at: 

P.O.Box 2221
Government Buildings
Suva, FIJI
Tel: (679) 331 5822
Fax: (679) 330 3656


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contact Mrs Lilieta Lewanavanua on 3315822, Ext 122

The Annual International Merchandise Trade Statistics for year 2011 will be released in July 2012.