INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE STATISTICS - November 2015

FBoS Release No: 5, 2016
15th February 2016


imtsNov15aProvisional data put the value of goods imported in November 2015 at $332.8 million while the value of total exports was $147.0 million. (Refer Graph I).

Compared to November 2014, imports and total exports decreased by $7.7 million (2.3%) and $71.5 million (32.7%) respectively.

The November 2015 trade deficit amounted to $185.8 million compared to $181.3 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 November 2014, the import category recording a notable increase was:

  • Machinery & mechanical & electrical appliances & parts thereof [HS 84-85], up $6.5 million (12.5%) to $58.9 million due to increased imports of modems and multiplexes.

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

  • Live animals: animal products [HS 01-05], down $10.2 million (34.6%) to $19.3 million due to decreased imports of fresh fish and
  • Mineral products [HS 25-27], down $9.4 million (10.7%) to $78.5 million due to decreased imports of gas oil (diesel).

Graph II is relevant.

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

  • Australia, up $15.7 million (40.9%) to $54.3 million due to increased imports of wheat and meslin;
  • Singapore, down $39.2 million (43.7%) to $50.6 million due to decreased imports of gas oil (diesel);
  • *China – People’s Republic, up $0.7 million (1.5%) to $49.0 million due to increased imports of fresh fish;
  • New Zealand, down $1.9 million (3.9%) to $47.4 million due to decreased imports of milk and cream and
  • Korea, Republic of, up $18.0 million (211.2%) to $26.5 million due to increased imports of gas oil (diesel).

 

 

 

 

* 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

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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 November 2014, there were no notable increases for domestic export categories.

Compared to November 2014, the domestic export categories recording a notable decrease was:

  • Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, spirits & tobacco [HS 16 - 24], down $16.2 million (31.6%) to $35.1 million due to decreased exports of sugar.

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

  • United States of America, up $4.3 million (24.7%) to $21.5 million due to increased exports of mineral water;
  • *Australia, down $3.2 million (16.6%) to $16.0 million due to decreased exports of gold;
  • New Zealand, up $1.2 million (21.3%) to $6.6 million due to increased exports of taro (dalo);
  • Vanuatu, up $1.9 million (43.7%) to $6.3 million due to increased exports of flour and
  • Tonga, up $0.9 million (57.2%) to $2.5 million due to increased exports of kava.

* 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 November 2014, there were no notable increases for re-export categories.

Compared to November 2014, the re-export category recording notable decreases were:

  • Vehicles, aircraft & associated transport equipment [HS 86-89], down $36.7 million (95.8%) to $1.6 million due to decreased re-exports of vehicles and
  • Live animals: animal products [HS 01-05], down $11.1 million (73.5%) to $4.0 million due to decreased re-exports of fresh fish.

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

  • Tonga, down $1.9 million (30.3%) to $4.4 million due to decreased re-exports of gas oil (diesel);
  • New Caledonia, up $3.8 million (13,392.9%) to $3.8 million due to increased re-exports of residual fuel oil;
  • Kiribati, down $6.0 million (65.2%) to $3.2 million due to decreased re-exports of gas oil (diesel);
  • Cook Islands, down $1.4 million (32.7%) to $2.8 million due to decreased re-exports of aviation turbine fuel and
  • New Zealand, down $2.7 million (61.3%) to $1.7 million due to decreased re-exports of television cameras, digital cameras and video camera recorders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The International Merchandise Trade Statistics for December 2015 will be released in February 2016.