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  • KINGDOM OF TONGA

    JUNE, 2014

    Price: $40.00

    INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE STATISTICS

    ANNUAL 2014

    Issued by: STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TONGA SERIES NO. SDT: 31-35

  • TONGA SDT: 31-35

    PREFACE International merchandise trade statistics (IMTS) has many uses and users who need data ranging from

    data sets of varying detail by country and commodity. Tonga Department of Statistics (TDoS)

    incorporates IMTS into other statistical products e.g. in the preparation of balance of payments and in the

    compilation of the gross domestic product. Government uses IMTS for planning and policy development

    and businesses use it to find supply sources and foreign markets. The compilation of IMTS aims to meet

    the needs of these various users, either directly or with adjustments taking into consideration data

    normally available and data collection procedures.

    The Annual 2014 IMTS report describes the methodology used in compiling IMTS i.e. data sources,

    valuations used for imports and exports, classification used and other related aspects. The report contains

    detailed tables on imports, exports and re-exports by commodity and country. These tables are organised

    in a way to give information on trade balances, including trade balances by countries; trade by regions;

    principal imports and exports; trade by the three important sectors of Tonga i.e. Private Sector,

    Government Sector, Quasi-Government Sector; duty collected and other information.

    The Statistics Department wishes to acknowledge with much appreciation the cooperation given by the

    Customs authorities in Nukualofa (Tongatapu) and Neiafu (Vavau) in providing the data and making

    available the relevant documents to facilitate the preparation of this report.

    The TDoS welcomes comments and suggestions from users as these would enable improve the scope and

    content of this report.

    Mr. Ataata M. Finau

    Government Statistician Statistics Department P.O. Box 149 Nukualofa TONGA

    Telephone No.: (676) 23-300 or (676) 23-913 Fax No.: (676) 24-303 Email: [email protected] Website: www.spc.int/prism/tonga

  • CONTENTS

    PREFACE .........................................................................................................................................

    NOTES ............................................................................................................................................. I

    INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................ i

    PERFORMANCE OF IMTS IN 2014 .............................................................................................. iv

    TRADE TABLES .............................................................................................................................1

    Table 1: Balance of Trade All Items ...................................................................................................... 1

    Table 2: Imports by HS Sections .............................................................................................................. 2

    Table 3: Domestic Exports by HS Sections .............................................................................................. 4

    Table 4: Re-exports by HS Sections ......................................................................................................... 6

    Table 5: Total Exports by HS Sections ..................................................................................................... 8

    Table 6: Principal Exports ...................................................................................................................... 10

    Table 7: Principal Imports ...................................................................................................................... 12

    Table 8: Balance of Trade by Major Partner Countries .......................................................................... 18

    Table 9: Trade by Region ....................................................................................................................... 20

    Table 10: Trade by Mode of Transport ................................................................................................... 21

    Table 11: Trade by Port .......................................................................................................................... 22

    Table 12: Trade by Sector ....................................................................................................................... 22

    Table 13: Total Imports by Section of HS and Sectors ........................................................................... 23

    Table 14: Domestic Exports by Sections of HS and Sectors .................................................................. 24

    Table 15: Re-exports by Section of HS and Sectors ............................................................................... 25

    Table 16: Imports Duty by Section of HS and Sectors ........................................................................... 26

    Table 17: Trade by All Trading Partner Countries ................................................................................. 27

    Table 18: Imports by Country of Origin and Country of Consignment .................................................. 30

    Table 19: Trade by Broad Economic Category ...................................................................................... 33

    Table 20: Imports by Enduse .................................................................................................................. 34

    Table 21: IMPORTS BY HS TARIFF CODE ........................................................................................ 35

    Table 22: DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY HS TARIFF CODE ................................................................ 323

    Table 23: RE-EXPORTS BY HS TARIFF CODE ............................................................................... 365

  • I

    NOTES

    Totals may not tally due to rounding of figures to Tongan Paanga and quantity figures to whole numbers.

    Acronyms and abbreviations

    IMTS International merchandise trade statistics

    TDoS Tonga Department of Statistics

    TOP Tongan Paanga

    CIF Cost, insurance and freight

    FOB Free on board

    NEC Not Elsewhere Classified

    NES Not Elsewhere Specified

    Symbols used:

    .. Not applicable

    ... Data not available

    0.0 Magnitude less than half of unit employed

    - Nil

    e Estimate

    r Revised figures

  • II

    Foreign Exchange Rate:

    Currencies of the principal trading partners of the Kingdom vis--vis the Tongan paanga are given below. These rates are based on the selling rate

    of Commercial Banks for the months shown below.

    Country /

    (Currency)

    Jan

    TOP

    Feb

    TOP

    Mar

    TOP

    Apr

    TOP

    May

    TOP

    Jun

    TOP

    Jul

    TOP

    Aug

    TOP

    Sep

    TOP

    Oct

    TOP

    Nov

    TOP

    Dec

    TOP

    Annual

    Average

    Australia (AUD) 0.6101 0.6028 0.6024 0.5916 0.5918 0.5881 0.5887 0.5856 0.5884 0.5940 0.5977 0.6181 0.5966

    Canada (CAD) 0.5940 0.6016 0.6103 0.6097 0.6035 0.6004 0.5973 0.5991 0.5904 0.5883 0.5887 0.5916 0.5979

    China (CNY) 3.2882 3.3019 3.3851 3.4469 3.4536 3.4507 3.4478 3.3719 3.2926 3.2095 3.1801 3.1710 3.3333

    Europe (EUR) 0.3995 0.3988 0.3971 0.4013 0.4092 0.4072 0.4104 0.4111 0.4152 0.4131 0.4161 0.4154 0.4079

    Fiji (FJD) 0.9928 0.9907 0.9888 0.9831 0.9846 0.9840 0.9876 0.9744 0.9740 0.9667 0.9643 0.9737 0.9804

    Japan (JPY) 56.6474 55.6184 56.1105 56.7454 56.2909 56.4533 56.4600 56.4184 57.4058 56.4760 60.2761 61.1208 57.1686

    New Zealand

    (NZD) 0.6534 0.6528 0.6413 0.6399 0.6399 0.6396 0.6362 0.6460 0.6541 0.6624 0.6599 0.6572 0.6486

    Samoa (WST) 1.1921 1.2015 1.1959 1.1943 1.1882 1.1860 1.1866 1.1477 1.1621 1.1765 1.1710 1.1807 1.1819

    Singapore (SGD) 0.6940 0.6908 0.6982 0.6979 0.6953 0.6953 0.6937 0.6868 0.6800 0.6703 0.6755 0.6759 0.6878

    Sweden (SEK) 3.5276 3.5371 3.5224 3.6296 3.6410 3.7071 3.7932 3.7824 3.8239 3.7965 3.8545 3.9122 3.7106

    Switzerland (CHF) 0.7449 0.7426 0.7411 0.7441 0.7451 0.7475 0.7488 0.7485 0.7497 0.7490 0.7496 0.7491 0.7467

    United Kingdom

    (GBP) 0.3298 0.3284 0.3303 0.3312 0.3285 0.3276 0.3255 0.3278 0.3288 0.3271 0.3290 0.3276 0.3285

    United States of

    America (USD) 0.5436 0.5435 0.5486 0.5540 0.5535 0.5537 0.5561 0.5478 0.5363 0.5239 0.5192 0.5125 0.5411

    Notes: 1. Rates for selling and buying overseas currency are somewhat different.

    2. Above rates are Tongan rates of the quoted foreign currency. To convert Tongan currency into foreign currency - multiply by the rate.

    3. On February 11, 1991, Tongan currency (Paanga) changed the procedure for fixing the daily value from maintaining parity with

    Australian dollar (A$) to pegging it to a specially constructed basket of the currencies of Tongas main external partners and quoting

    Paanga in terms of the US dollar (USD).

  • III

    Conversion Factors: Imperial Measures To Metric Units

    Quantity Imperial Unit Metric Unit Imperial to Metric Units Metric to Imperial Units

    Length inch (in) millimetre (mm) or 1in=25.4mm centimetre (cm

    foot (ft) centimetre or metre 1 ft = 30.5 cm 1 m =3.28ft

    yard(yd) metre (m) 1 yd=0.914

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