INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE STATISTICS - September 2016

FBoS Release No: 85, 2016
22th December 2016


imtsSep16aProvisional data put the value of total goods imported in September 2016 at $350.0 million while the value of total exports was $145.6 million. (Refer Graph I).

Compared to September 2015, total imports and total exports decreased by $21.2 million (5.7%) and $27.3 million (15.8%) respectively.

The September 2016 trade deficit amounted to $204.4 million compared to $183.7 million a month earlier (August).


HIGHLIGHTS

IMPORTS

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The percentage breakdown of major import commodities 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 September 2015, the import categories recording notable increases were:

  • Vehicles, aircraft & associated transport equipment [HS 86-89], up $14.7 million (44.1%) to $48.0 million due to increased imports of used or reconditioned passenger motor cars; and
  • Wood, cork & articles thereof & plaiting material [HS 44-46], up $5.3 million (273.7%) to $7.3 million due to increased imports of other beams, plate board, laths and the like of non-coniferous wood.

Compared to September 2015, the import categories recording notable decreases were:

  • Machinery & mechanical & electrical appliances & parts thereof [HS 84-85], down $13.3 million (19.1%) to $56.3 million due to decreased imports of telephones for cellular network or other wireless networks;
  • Vegetable products [HS 06-14], down $7.8 million (23.2%) to $25.9 million due to decreased imports of semi-milled & wholly milled rice;
  • Plastic, rubber & articles thereof [HS 39-40], down $6.6 million (37.0%) to $11.2 million due to decreased imports of articles of plastic for the packing of goods; and
  • Live animals: animal products [HS 01-05], down $5.3 million (26.7%) to $14.5 million due to decreased imports of fresh fish.

imtsSep16dFor the month of September 2016, Fiji’s major sources of imports (Refer Graph III) were:

  • Singapore, up $13.6 million (22.6%) to $73.7 million due to increased imports of gas oil (diesel);
  • Australia, down $13.4 million (18.2%) to $60.2 million due to decreased imports of wheat and meslin;
  • *China - People’s Republic, down $11.4 million (18.0%) to $51.7 million due to decreased imports of fresh fish;
  • New Zealand, down $2.1 million (4.2%) to $47.9 million due to decreased imports of cheese and curds; and
  • Japan, up $14.0 million (81.3%) to $31.2 million due to increased imports of used or reconditioned passenger motor cars.

 

 

 

 

* Imports of fresh fish from China – People’s Republic refer 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 commodities 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 September 2015, the domestic export category recording a notable increase was:

  • Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, spirits and tobacco [HS 16-24], up $7.6 million (14.5%) to $60.3 million due to increased exports of sugar.

Compared to September 2015, the domestic export categories recording notable decreases were:

  • Pearls, precious, semi-precious stones & metals [HS 71], down $6.8 million (94.6%) to $0.4 million due to decreased exports of gold; and
  • Wood, cork & articles thereof & plaiting material [HS 44-46], down $5.8 million (80.7%) to $1.4 million due to decreased exports of plywood.

imtsSep16gFor the month of September 2016, Fiji’s major domestic export destinations (Refer Graph V) were:

  • United Kingdom, up $0.3 million (1.1%) to $25.8 million due to increased exports of sugar;
  • United States of America, down $4.3 million (14.8%) to $24.8 million due to decreased exports of mineral water;
  • *Australia, down $7.7 million (42.5%) to $10.5 million due to decreased exports of gold;
  • New Zealand, up $0.4 million (6.4%) to $5.9 million due to increased exports of dalo (taro);and
  • Vanuatu, up $0.6 million (11.2%) to $5.7 million due to increased exports of biscuits.

 

 

 

 

 

* Domestic export of gold is under query.

RE-EXPORTS

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The percentage breakdown of major re-export commodities 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 September 2015, there were no notable increases for re-export categories.

Compared to September 2015, the re-export category recording a notable decrease was:

  • Mineral products [HS 25-27], down $11.1 million (28.5%) to $27.7 million due to decreased re-exports of gas oil (diesel).

imtsSep16jFor the month of September 2016, Fiji’s major re-export destinations (Refer Graph VII) were:

  • Tonga, down $2.6 million (38.7%) to $4.1 million due to decreased re-exports of gas oil (diesel);
  • Vietnam, up $2.0 million (100.0%) to $2.0 million due to increased re-exports of whiskies;
  • Kiribati, down $2.9 million (60.7%) to $1.9 million due to decreased re-exports of gas oil (diesel);
  • New Zealand, down $1.2 million (41.1%) to $1.7 million due to decreased re-exports of television cameras, digital cameras and video cameras; and
  • Cook Islands, down $0.3 million (16.7%) to $1.5 million due to decreased re-exports of gas oil (diesel).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below presents the main features of Fiji’s International Merchandise Trade Statistics for the Month of September 2016.

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