Anguilla: International Merchandise Trade Statistics Report
Imports to Anguilla, were relatively strong in 2004, recording
a 33.4 percent growth coming off a 9.8 percent increase in 2003. The year 2004 registered the largest
increase in imported goods since 1999 when there was a 28.7 percent
EC$276.5 million dollars in goods were imported during 2004 compared to
EC$207.2 million in 2003.
The boost in imports was fuelled by the increased importation of
Capital Goods. Capital Goods had
the largest percentage increase of 65.9 percent for the year, followed by
Primary Goods with 33.6 percent and Consumption Goods with 18.7 percent
Some items which accounted for most of the
rise in imports were heavy equipment (excavators, loaders, graders etc.),
food products (dairy, fish, meats & oils), construction materials,
wood, asphalt, bentonite (which is used as a lining material to seal landfills),
paints (acrylic, automotive), tyres, house-completing materials, vehicles
water purifying and bakery machinery, iron, steel and aluminum products
among other products.
During 2004, the largest increase in imports occurred during
the month of August when there was a 97.3 percent jump over the
corresponding period in 2003. This
was as a result of an increase in Capital Goods imports by 237.8 percent
over it’s 2003 figure. All other months with the exception of February
within 2004 recorded increases. The
primary source of the decline in February, were in imports of both Primary
and Consumption Goods.
EC$34.2 million more in Capital
Goods were imported during 2004 than in 2003. Machinery and Transport Equipment within this category was
responsible for the large increase.
The importation of heavy equipment that were used in the re-vamping
of the Wallblake Airport runway and parking aprons, Vehicles, telephones
(to include cell-phones) and other machinery were the items attributable to
Although, Consumption Goods showed the
smallest percentage increase in imported goods for 2004, this category saw
EC$21.6 million more valued in goods being brought in to the island. Animal and Vegetable Fats and Waxes
contributed most to this rise accounting for 40.2 percent, caused by the
substantial importation of Olive Oils during the latter part of the year by
various tourist establishments. All other components within the Consumption
Goods category with the exception of
the Beverages and Tobacco component also recorded increases for the year.
Furniture, tyres, tiles, rope were some of the other items included in the
components of this category of goods that contributed to the
The Primary Goods category, which recorded a 34.0
percent increase for 2004, saw a total value of EC$13.3 million more in
imported goods over the 2003 figures.
All the components within this category recorded increases during
this period with Crude materials, inedible except fuel carrying the
majority of the increase, which amounted to 49.0 percent over last year’s
figure. Asphalt, wood and bentonite
were the three primary sources of the increase within the crude materials
component. Acrylic paints,
automotive paints and fertilizers (which fall under the Chemicals and
related products category) were some of the items contributing to the 44.4
percent increase. Diesel oil
attributed to the 23.5 percent rise in Mineral fuels, lubricants and
related materials category, this increase can be attributed to the
increased imports of heavy machinery during the year.