INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE STATISTICS - April 2013

Release No: 46, 2013                                                                                                                                 

28th June 2013 


 

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Provisional data put the value of goods imported in April 2013 at $367.8 million while total exports was $131.3 million (Refer Graph I).

Compared to the previous corresponding month, imports increased by $60.3 million (19.6%) whilst total exports decreased by $6.4 million (4.6%).

The April 2013 trade deficit amounted to $236.5 million compared to $376.9 million a month earlier.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

IMPORTS

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

                   a)   30.3 % - Mineral products;

                   b)   14.4 % - Machinery & mechanical & electrical appliances & parts thereof;

                   c)   8.4 % - Vegetable Products;

                   d)   8.1 % - Vehicles, aircraft & associated transport equipment;  

                   e)   5.5 % - Live animals: animal products;

                   f)    5.1 % - Chemicals and allied products.

 

Compared to April 2012, the import categories recording notable increases were:

 

  •    Vegetable Products [HS 06-14], up $20.7 million (203.3%) to $30.9 million due to increased imports of wheat and meslin;
  •    Vehicles, Aircraft & Associated Transport Equipment [HS 86-89], up $17.2 million (135.1%) to $30.0 million due to increased imports of vehicles and a helicopter and;
  •     Machinery & Mechanical & Electrical Appliances & Parts Thereof [HS 84-85], up $12.4 million (30.6%) to $53.1 million due to increased imports of electrical machinery and equipment.

 

Compared to April 2012, the import category recording notable decreases were:

 

  •     Chemicals and Allied Products [HS 28-38], down $6.9 million (26.7%) to $18.8 million due to decreased imports of pharmaceutical products and;
  •      Live Animals: Animal Products [HS 01-05], down $5.6 million (21.5%) to $20.3 million due to decreased imports of fresh fish.

 

Graph II is relevant.

For the month of April 2013, Fiji’s major sources of imports (Refer Graph III) were:TradeApr13b

  •    Singapore, down $24.3 million (21.2%) to $90.2 million due to decreased import of gas oil (diesel) and light oil;
  •    Australia, up $18.2 million (38.2%) to $66.0 million due to increased imports of wheat and meslin and a helicopter;
  •    New Zealand, up $15.4 million (38.1%) to $55.8 million due to increased imports of milk & cream;
  •    China – People’s Republic, up $10.4 million (47.5%) to $32.2 million due to increased imports of fresh fish and telephones for cellular networks or wireless networks and;
  •    Malaysia, up $20.2 million (306.7%) to $26.8 million due to increased imports of aviation fuel and gas oil (diesel).

 

 

DOMESTIC EXPORTS

 

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

a)            36.6 % - Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, spirits & tobacco;

b)            13.9 % - Textiles and textile articles;

c)            10.3 % - Pearls, precious, semi-precious stones & metals;

d)               9.9 % - Vegetable products;

e)               7.6 % - Live animals: animal products.

 

Compared to April 2012, there were no domestic export categories recording notable increases and decreases.

 

For the month of April 2013, Fiji’s major domestic export destinations (Refer Graph V) were:TradeApr13d

  •    United States of America, up $0.3 million (1.7%) to $18.1 million due to increased exports of fresh fish;
  •   Australia, down $3.0 million (15.2%) to $17.0 million due to decreased exports of gold;
  •   New Zealand, up $0.7 million (14.5%) to $5.7 million due to increased exports of fresh fish;
  •    Kiribati, up $1.6 million (142.7%) to $2.7 million due to increased exports of articles for the conveyance or packing of goods of plastic stopper lids  caps and other closures of plastics and;
  •    Hong Kong, up $0.3 million (16.7%) to $2.1 million due to increased exports of other aquatic invertebrates. 

 

 

 

RE-EXPORTS

Re-exports totaled $68.9 million compared to $77.0 million in the previous corresponding month.  Petroleum products sold to visiting ships, aircrafts and to the neighbouring Pacific Island Countries earned $43.6 million.

 

For further enquiries please contact Mrs. Veenita Miller on 3315822, Ext 123.

 

The International Merchandise Trade Statistics for May 2013 will be released on 29th July 2013.