The present issue of Quarterly International Merchandise Trade Statistics presents Statistics on merchandise Imports, Exports and Re-exports for the Kingdom of Tonga for the Fourth Quarters 2019. The quarterly reports provides more details than the monthly bulletins by commodity, country and sectors. An Introductory note explains the Sources of Data, Valuation of Imports and Exports, systems of recording and classification of the statistics and other related aspects. Imports and Exports are classified using the Harmonized System Nomenclature (HS).
Balance of Trade
For the Fourth Quarter of 2019, Tonga recorded a trade deficit of $158,880,116. When compared with the previous quarter’s deficit, this quarter was 26% higher. The higher deficit was due to higher imports of aircraft & associated transport and plus higher import of minerals in this period.