May merchandise exports increased 57.1 percent (or $3.7 million) to $10.2 million.

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In May 2023, the total value of merchandise exports increased 57.1 percent (or $3.7 million) to $10.2 million. 

This is outlined in a statement released by the Samoa Bureau of Statistics. The report says the increase in the exports and re-exports of:

Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products (up $2.4 million)

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other products (up $1.6 million)

Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants products (up $0.3 million)

Iron or steel articles products (up $0.2 million)

Oceania region had the largest share of 71.0 percent of total merchandise exports in the period under review. It increased 70.0 percent from the previous month.

Exports to American Samoa (up $1.6 million), Australia (up $0.7 million) and New Zealand (up $0.3 million) recorded the largest increases in May 2023, reflecting higher exports of fresh fish, noni juice and re-exports of fuel to mention a few.