International Merchandise Trade

FBoS Release No: 68, 2016
13th October 2016


imtsJun16aProvisional data put the value of goods imported in June 2016 at $304.2 million while the value of total exports was $132.1 million. (Refer Graph I).

Compared to June 2015, total imports and total exports decreased by $63.4 million (17.2%) and $26.1 million (16.5%) respectively.

The June 2016 trade deficit amounted to $172.1 million compared to $189.6 million a month earlier (May).

 

 

 

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 June 2015, the import category recording a notable increase was:

  • Vehicles, aircraft & associated transport equipment [HS 86-89], up $19.1 million (67.3%) to $47.5 million due to increased imports of used or reconditioned passenger motor cars.

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

  • Live animals: animal products [HS 01-05], down $19.5 million (61.4%) to $12.3 million due to decreased imports of fresh fish;
  • Machinery & mechanical & electrical appliance & parts thereof [HS 84-85], down $9.8 million (14.8%) to $56.0 million due to decreased imports of telephones for cellular networks or other wireless networks;
  • Plastic, rubber & articles thereof [HS 39-40], down $9.4 million (45.3%) to $11.3 million due to decreased imports of articles of plastic for the packing of goods;
  • Mineral Products [HS 25-27], down $8.0 million (10.2%) to $70.7 million due to decreased imports of gas oil (diesel);
  • Chemicals and allied products [HS 28-38], down $7.2 million (32.8%) to $14.8 million due to decreased imports of pharmaceutical products;
  • Base metals & articles thereof [HS 72-83], down $7.0 million (31.8%) to $15.0 million due to decreased imports of iron or steel; and
  • Wood pulp, paper & paperboard & articles thereof [HS 47-49], down $5.3 million (66.6%) to $2.7 million due to decreased imports of corrugated paper and paperboard.

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

  • New Zealand, down $11.8 million (19.1%) to $50.1 million due to decreased imports of potatoes;
  • *China - People’s Republic, down $11.8 million (20.3%) to $46.5 million due to decreased imports of fresh fish;
  • Singapore, down $23.1 million (33.7%) to $45.4 million due to decreased imports of gas oil (diesel);
  • Australia, down $11.4 million (20.5%) to $44.2 million due to decreased imports of wheat and meslin; and
  • Japan, up $11.7 million (65.9%) to $29.5 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 June 2015, the domestic export category recording a notable increase was:

  • Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, spirits & tobacco [HS 16-24], up $5.4 million (19.2%) to $33.8 million due to increased exports of mineral water especially to the United States of America.

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

  • Pearls, precious, semi-precious stones & metals [HS 71], down $9.2 million (94.7%) to $0.5 million due to decreased exports of gold; and
  • Wood, cork & articles thereof & plaiting material [HS 44-46], down $5.4 million (52.6%) to $4.9 million due to decreased exports of woodchips.

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

  • United States of America, up $6.8 million (32.0%) to $28.0 million due to increased exports of mineral water;
  • *Australia, down $8.5 million (40.9%) to $12.3 million due to decreased exports of gold;
  • Vanuatu, up $2.6 million (57.0%) to $7.0 million due to increased exports of flour;
  • New Zealand, up $0.7 million (17.3%) to $4.8 million due to increased exports of dalo (taro); and
  • Samoa, up $1.3 million (62.7%) to $3.3 million due to increased exports of flour.

 

 

 

 

* Domestic export of gold is under query.

 

RE-EXPORTS

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The percentage breakdowns 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 June 2015, there were no notable increases for re-export categories.

Compared to June 2015, the re-export categories recording notable decreases were:

  • Live animals: animal products [HS 01-05], down $10.6 million (82.8%) to $2.2 million due to decreased re-exports of fresh fish; and
  • Mineral products [HS 25-27], down $9.0 million (19.7%) to $36.6 million due to decreased re-exports of gas oil (diesel).

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

  • United States of America, up $1.4 million (52.3%) to $4.1 million due to increased re-exports of television cameras, video cameras and digital cameras;
  • Tonga, down $2.6 million (42.8%) to $3.4 million due to decreased re-exports of gas oil (diesel);
  • Cook Islands, up $0.4 million (13.3%) to $3.2 million due to increased re-exports of aviation turbine fuel;
  • Kiribati, down $2.8 million (54.6%) to $2.4 million due to decreased re-exports of gas oil (diesel); and
  • Australia, down $2.4 million (65.6%) to $1.2 million due to decreased re-exports of containers for compressed or liquefied gas of iron or steel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For further enquiries please contact Mrs. Veenita Miller on email or telephone 331 5822 (ext. 386 241) or direct line 323 0841.

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

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