SEPTEMBER Quarter 2013
(i) Copra and Cocoa Exports
In the September quarter of 2013, copra exports decreased by 65% or 2,465 tonnes from 3,791 to 1,326 tonnes over the September quarter of 2012.
Copra export receipts constituted 5% share of the total domestic exports value in the September quarter of 2013.
Cocoa exports increased from 539 tonnes in September quarter 2012 to a new level of 724 tonnes or an increase of 34% in the September quarter of 2013 showing an increase of 184 tonnes. It recorded an increase of 48% over the previous quarter.
Cocoa exports share of the total domestic exports value constituted 12% in the September quarter of 2013.
(ii) Cattle Production
The total number of cattle slaughtered by abattoirs in the September quarter of 2013 increased by 7% from 3,988 to 4,272 heads over the September quarter of 2012. This increase was due to increases in cattle slaughted in Port Vila at 17% and Santo at 20% over the same quarter of the previous year.
(iii) Domestic Exports
According to the September quarter of 2013 provisional figures, domestic export (excluding re-exports) earnings decreased by 20% from Vt1,290 million to Vt1,037 million over September quarter of 2012. However it recorded an increase of 38% or Vt288 million over the June quarter of 2013.
The distribution of exports by country of destination indicated that Other Countries registered the largest share of the Vanuatu’s main export destination with 37% of total domestic exports in September quarter of 2013 followed by Australia (25%); Other MSG Countries (17%); New Caledonia (9%); Japan and New Zealand (5%) each and EU Countries at 2% over September quarter of 2012. Other Countries were comprised of Asian Countries.