INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE STATISTICS - August 2014

FBoS Release No: 68, 2014 24th October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTS The percentage breakdown of major import types as categorized by the Harmonized System (HS) codes are as follows; Table 1: Major contributors to Imports (FJD Millions) Compared to August 2013, the import categories recording notable increases were

  • Mineral products [HS 25-27], up $17.5 million (15.6%) to $129.5 million due to increased imports of gas oil (diesel);

  • Machinery mechanical electrical appliances parts thereof [HS 84-85], up $9.6 million (17.1%) to $65.3 million due to increased imports of electric generating sets and rotary converters.

Compared to August 2013, the import categories recording notable decreases were:

  • Vehicles, aircraft associated transport equipment [HS 86-89], down $12.2 million (23.7%) to $39.2 million due to decreased imports of aircrafts;

  • Textiles textile articles [HS 50-63], down $7.2 million (35.0%) to $13.4 million due to decreased imports of garments.

Graph II is relevant

  • New Zealand, up $4.2 million (7.5%) to $60.7 million due to increased imports of milk and cream; China – People’s Republic,up $1.7 million (3.2%) to $53.8 million due to increased imports of fresh fish and Japan, up $4.9 million (49.0%) to $14.9 million due to increased imports of vehicles ;

Imports of fresh fish from China – People’s Republic refers to fish caught outside Fiji’s EEZ (High seas) by fishing vessels identified according to the country of registration. DOMESTIC EXPORTS The percentage breakdown of major domestic export types as categorized by the Harmonized System (HS) codes are as follows; Table 2: Major contributors to Domestic Exports (FJD Millions) Compared to August 2013, the export category recording a notable increase was:

  • Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, spirits tobacco [HS 16–24], up $32.3 million (67.1%) to $80.4 million due to increased exports of sugar and molasses.

Compared to August 2013, the export category recording a notable decrease was:

    Pearls, precious, semi-precious stones metals [HS 71], down $6.9 million (78.5%) to $1.9 million due to decreased exports of gold.

For the month of August 2014, Fiji’s major domestic export destinations(Refer Graph V) were;

    United Kingdom up $12.4 million (50.1%) to $37.2 million due to increased exports of sugar;
  • United States of America, up $14.7 million (89.0%) to $31.2 million due to increased exports of mineral water;
  • Australia, down $4.7 million (22.5%) to $16.2 million due to decreased exports of gold;
  • China-Taiwan, up $8.1 million (1,004.4%) to $8.9 million due to increased exports of molasses and
  • New Zealand, down $4.0 million (46.4%) to $4.6 million due to decreased exports of milk and cream.

RE-EXPORTS The percentage breakdowns of major re-export types as categorized by the Harmonized System (HS) codes are as follows; TradeAug13c Major contributors to Re-exports (FJD Millions) Compared to August 2013, the re-export category recording a notable increase was: tradeAug14c >Live animals: animal products [HS 01-05], up $6.1 million (35.0%) to $23.5 million due to increased re-exports of fresh fish.

  • Japan, up $3.3 million (77.2%) to $7.6 million due to increased re-exports of fresh fish;
  • Samoa, up $5.6 million (275.0%) to $7.6 million due to increased re-exports of gas oil (diesel);
  • China - People’s Republic, up $2.7 million (75.1%) to $6.3 million due to increased re-exports of fresh fish;
  • Tonga, down $1.9 million (26.2%) to $5.3 million due to decreased re-exports of gas oil (diesel) and
  • United States of America, up $3.8 million (666.9%) to $4.3 million due to increased re-exports of fresh fish.

For more information on International Merchandise Trade Statistics refer to the following tables: tradeAug14e