Fiji Sun - - Business -

The im­port of min­eral prod­ucts in Oc­to­ber 2017 was the high­est, to­talling to $106.7 mil­lion, com­pared to the other com­modi­ties for both Oc­to­ber 2016 and Oc­to­ber 2017. This is a $44.9m in­crease due to im­ports of gas oil, ac­cord­ing to the bureau.

The to­tal im­ports of base met­als and ar­ti­cles in­creased by $15.m (55.6 per cent) to $43.2m due to im­ports of iron and steel. The to­tal value of im­ported ma­chin­ery, me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances and parts reached $71.2m due to the in­crease in im­ports of tele­phones for cel­lu­lar net­works or for other wire­less net­works. This is a $71.2m in­crease com­pared to Oc­to­ber in the pre­vi­ous year.

The in­crease in the to­tal value of pre­pared food­stuffs, bev­er­ages, spir­its and to­bacco were due to in­creased im­ports of wine.

Its to­tal value of for Oc­to­ber 2017 is $23.6 mil­lion, a $5.7m in­crease com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year.

Com­pared to Oc­to­ber 2016, the bureau noted that the im­port cat­e­gory recorded a no­table de­crease in the im­port of ve­hi­cles, air­craft and as­so­ci­ated trans­port equip­ment.

A to­tal of $50.2m was recorded, a $11.2m de­crease due to a de­crease in im­port of ve­hi­cles

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