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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 3, 2002 – Radio Australia)---New figures show that Germany has become one of Fiji's major trading partners.

The balance of trade figures reveal that Fiji gained almost $1.9 million during the July to September quarter last year, mainly from the sale of kava for pharmaceutical purposes.

The sale of kava has dramatically changed the trend in trade between the two countries from a deficit of $39,000 for the July-September period in 2000, to a surplus of $1.85 million for the same period last year.

Exports to the United Kingdom were also a top earner for Fiji during the quarter with sugar making up 90 percent of the goods sold there.

Malaysia was the fastest growing exporter to Fiji.

While total exports to Malaysia amounted to only $35,000, Fiji bought $6.5 million worth of goods -- mostly rubber items, machinery and clothing.

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