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Positive trend for export activities

Timoci Vula
Friday, December 28, 2012

DESPITE the continuous increase in Fiji's import figure, the country's exporting activities indicate a positive trend as it progressively marks minimal increases, at least since 2009.

The Fiji Bureau of Statistics' international merchandise trade statistics summary released provisional figures quoting $1916.4million in total export for 2011.

Compared to 2010, exports increased by $311.1million (19.4 per cent).

Of the five major exporting destinations, increased export earnings were recorded from the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

The UK upped $61.1million (75.8 per cent) to $141.6million due to increased exports of sugar; and a $3.8million (4.9 per cent) increase for NZ to $80.1million because of increased exports of sweet biscuits.

Exports to Australia decreased by $17.4million (5.6 per cent) to $295.2million due to decreased exports of garments and gold.

The export of garments recorded a 9.3 per cent decrease and gold by 3.6 per cent.

Decreased woodchips export to Japan resulted in a $56.8million drop (56.1 per cent) to $44.4million.

In the summary statement signed by Government Statistician Epeli Waqavonovono, among Fiji's trading partners that recorded surpluses, majority were our Pacific island neighbours.