INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE STATISTICS - May 2015

FBoS Release No: 50, 2015

27th August 2015


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Provisionaldata put the value of goods imported in May 2015 at $395.8 million while the value of total exports was $146.3 million. (Refer Graph I).

Compared to May 2014, imports increased by $27.3 million (7.4%) while total exports decreased by $70.2 million (32.4%).

The May 2015 trade deficit amounted to $249.5 million compared to $202.4 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 are as follows;

Table 1: Major contributors to Imports (FJD Millions)

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Compared to May 2014, the import category recording a notable increase was:

  • Vehicles, aircraft & associated transport equipment [HS 86-89], up $70.4 million (218.7%) to $102.5 million due to the import of an aircraft.

Compared to May 2014, the import categories recording notable decreases were:

  • Machinery & mechanical & electrical appliances & parts thereof [HS 84-85], down $24.8 million (31.3%) to $54.6 million due to decreased imports of television cameras, digital cameras and video camera recorders;
  • Vegetable products [HS 06-14], down $17.6 million (55.7%) to $14.0 million due to decreased imports of wheat and meslin and
  • Mineral products [HS 25-27], down $7.5 million (9.9%) to $67.9 million due to decreased imports of gas oil (diesel).

Graph II is relevant.

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For the month of May 2015, Fiji’s major sources of imports (Refer Graph III) were:

  • Singapore, down $19.7 million (25.0%) to $58.9 million due to decreased imports of gas oil (diesel);
  • New Zealand, up $0.9 million (1.7%) to $57.3 million due to increased imports of potatoes;
  • China – People’s Republic, up $1.7 million (3.5%) to $49.8 million due to increased imports of safety fuses, detonating fuses, percussion or detonating caps, igniters, electric detonators;
  • Australia, down $19.4 million (30.0%) to $45.2 million due to decreased imports of wheat and meslin and
  • Japan, up $2.2 million (18.5%) to $14.0 million due to increased imports of gas oil (diesel).

 

 

DOMESTIC EXPORTS

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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)

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Compared to May 2014, the domestic export category recording a notable decrease was:

  • Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, spirits & tobacco [HS 16-24], down $31.1 million (50.4%) to $30.5 million due to decreased exports of sugar.

Compared to May 2014, there were no notable increases for domestic export categories.

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For the month of May 2015, Fiji’s major domestic export destinations (Refer Graph V) were:

  • United States of America, up $5.1 million (24.4%) to $26.0 million due to increased exports of mineral water;
  • *Australia, down $4.8 million (29.2%) to $11.5 million due to decreased exports of gold;
  • China - People’s Republic, up $1.9 million (26.2%) to $9.1 million due to increased exports of woodchips;
  • New Zealand, down $0.4 million (8.8%) to $4.7 million due to decreased exports of kava and
  • Vanuatu, up $0.7 million (22.2%) to $4.0 million due to increased exports of corned meat of bovine animals.

 

 

 

* Domestic export of gold is under query.

RE-EXPORTS

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The percentage breakdown of major re-export types as categorized by the Harmonized System (HS) codes are as follows;

Table 3: Major contributors to Re-exports (FJD Millions)

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Compared to May 2014, the re-export categories recording notable decreases were:

  • Mineral products [HS 25-27], down $24.5 million (46.0%) to $28.8 million due to decreased re-exports of gas oil (diesel);
  • Machinery & mechanical & electrical appliances & parts thereof [HS 84-85], down $9.6 million (79.8%) to $2.4 million due to decreased re-exports of television cameras, digital cameras and video camera recorders and
  • Live animals: animal products [HS 01-05], down $5.1 million (22.4%) to $17.8 million due to decreased re-exports of fresh fish.

Compared to May 2014, there were no notable increases for re-export categories.

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For the month of May 2015, Fiji’s major re-export destinations (Refer Graph VII) were:

  • China – People’s Republic, up $2.5 million (51.8%) to $7.4 million due to increased re-exports of fresh fish;
  • Tonga, up $0.1 million (1.4%) to $7.0 million due to increased re-exports of light oils and preparations;
  • Kiribati, down $0.8 million (12.6%) to $5.4 million due to decreased re-exports of gas oil (diesel);
  • Australia, down $7.3 million (66.0%) to $3.9 million due to decreased re-exports of container for compressed or liquefied gas, of iron or steel and
  • Papua New Guniea, up $0.2 million (9.6%) to $2.8 million due to increased re-exports of garments.

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The International Merchandise Trade Statistics for June 2015 will be released in September 2015.