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