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APIA, Samoa (November 7, 2001 – Samoa Observer)---The September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States had an "adverse impact" on Samoa's total exports for the month of September, the Central Back of Samoa reports.

It was a bad sign for a Samoa, especially since it has been working steadily on developing its U.S. market because of the strong U.S. dollar compared to the Samoan tala.

According to the Central Bank, there was a "significant fall" in exports for the month of September, with "exports and re-export products" falling by 21 percent to US$ 1.3 million.

Such export items as fish, garments and kava are recorded regularly by the Central Bank.

American Samoa remains the main market for Samoa's fish exports due to the needs of the two tuna canneries at Atu'u.

American Samoa received 65 percent of the fresh fish exported in September.

The second largest market for fresh fish was the USA mainland, according to the Central Bank report, although exports decreased over the prior month.

Imports for September dropped by four percent compared to the same month last year. Most of the imports for September came from New Zealand (38 percent), Australia (27 percent) and the USA (11 percent), the Central Bank said.

Other data on imports has not yet been released by the Central Bank, including any change in the flow of tourists to Samoa following the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

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