Maldives Customs Service reports that the country’s imports inclusive of fuel has increased by 90% in September 2021 when compared with the same period in 2020.
Moreover, exports from the island nation observed a decline of 13% while the major export commodities include fish and fish related products including yellowfin tuna, skipjack tuna, skipjack or stripe-bellied bonito, yellowfin tuna chunk and yellowfin tuna loins.
Top export destinations include Thailand with 42% of total exports shipped to the country, Germany with 12%, UK with 10%, France with 5% and Italy with 4% of the exports.
On the other hand, the major import categories include machinery and mechanical appliances, fuel, food items along with products of chemical and base metal and articles of base metal.
Furthermore, Oman is the top importer to the Maldives with 17% of the total imports originating from the destination, China with 13% share of the total imports, India and UAE with 12% each and Singapore with 9% share of the total imports.
So far, as per statistics Maldives Customs Service recorded 103 vessel arrivals and 130 departures in the review month.