International Merchandise Trade Statistics September 2012

 This statistical release has been compiled for September 2012. The trade figures for July and August 2012 have been incorporated into tables

Provisional data put the value of goods imported in September 2012 at $340.0 million while total exports was $201.3 million (Refer Graph I).    fiji overall performance

Compared to the previous corresponding month, imports and total exports decreased by $20.6 million (5.7%) and $1.5 million (0.7%) respectively.

The September 2012 trade deficit amounted to $138.7 million compared to $189.8 million a month earlier. 

 

 

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

IMPORTS

import

The percentage breakdown of major import types as categorised by the Harmonized System (HS) codes is as follows:

  • 30.5% - Mineral products;
  • 11.9 % - Machinery & mechanical & electrical appliances & parts thereof;
  • 9.2 % - Live animals: animal products;
  • 7.4% - Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, spirits & tobbacco;
  • 5.8 % - Vehicles, aircraft, vessels & associated transport equipment;
  • .7% - Chemicals and allied poducts.

Compared to September 2011, the import categories recording notable decreases were:

  • Machinery, mechanical & electrical appliances & parts thereof [HS 84-85], down $24.2 million (37.4%) to $40.5 million due to decreased imports of panels consoles and bases for electric control and parts of hydraulic turbines and water wheels and;

  • Vegetable products [HS 06-14], down $6.5 million (29.3%) to $15.7 million due to decreased imports of wheat and meslin

Compared to September 2011, the import category recording a notable increase was:

  • Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, spirits &tobacco [HS 16-24], up $8.9 million (55.6%) to $25.0 million due to increased imports of sugar.

 

Graph II is relevant.

import major sourcesFor the month of September 2012, Fiji’s major sources of imports (Refer Graph III) were:

• Singapore, up $13.1 million (13.6%) to $109.6 million due to increased imports of gas oil (diesel) and aviation turbine fuel;
• Australia, down $17.3 million (23.4%) to $56.5 million due to decreased imports of wheat and meslin and liquefied butanes;
• New Zealand, down $3.2 million (6.6%) to $45.3 million due to decreased imports of lamb;
• China – People’s Republic, down $15.9 million (30.9%) to $35.6 million due to decreased imports of parts of hydraulic turbines and water wheels and;
• Thailand, up $6.1 million (84.7%) to $13.3 million due to increased imports of sugar.

 

 

 

 DOMESTIC EXPORTS

domestic export

 

The percentage breakdown of major Export type as categorized by the HS codes is as follows:

 

  1. a) 51.9% - Prepared foodtuffs, beverages, spirits & tobbacco;
  2. b) 11.7% - Pearls, precious, semi preious stones & metals;
  3. c) 7.8% - Texttiles and texttiles articles;
  4. d) 7.7% - Wood, cork & articles thereof & plaiting materials;
  5. e) 5.8% - Vegetables products;
  6. f) 5.1% - Live animals: animal products.

 Compared to September 2011, the domestic export categories recording a notable increase (Refer Graph IV) was:

  • Wood, cork & articles thereof & plaiting materials [HS 44 - 46], up $6.0 million (204.8%) to $8.9 million due to increased exports of woodchips.

Compared to September 2011, there was no domestic export category recording a notable decrease.

 

RE-EXPORTS

Re-exports totaled $86.0 million compared to $90.6 million in the previous corresponding month.  Petroleum products sold to visiting ships, aircrafts and to the neighbouring Pacific Island Countries earned $44.6 million.

For more information on International Merchandise Trade Statistics refer to the following attached tables

  • Table 1 on Balance of Trade;
  • Table 2 on Imports by HS;
  • Table 3 on Domestic Exports by HS;
  • Table 4 on Re-exports by HS;
  • Table 5 on Total Exports by HS;
  • Table 6 on Principal Domestic Exports;
  • Table 7 on Principal Imports;
  • Table 8 (a) on Balance of Trade by major partner countries for September;
  • Table 8 (b) on Balance of Trade by major partner countries for August;
  • Table 8 (c) on Balance of Trade by major partner countries for July;
  • Table 9 on Exports by SITC and;
  • Table 10 on Imports by SITC.

 For Technical Notes refer to page 22.

For further enquiries please contact Mrs. Olivia Koroi on 3315822, Ext 123.

The Annual International Merchandise Trade Statistics for 2012 will be released on 28th March 2013.

 

E. Waqavonovono

Government Statistician