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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Jan. 11) – Papua New Guinea earned K227.8 million (US$72.4 million) from its seafood exports during the period January to October last year.

This is based on information provided by the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) from the PNG Internal Revenue Commission.

The agency said it did not yet have data for the full year.

More than 50 percent of the exports were tuna, shipped to most parts of the world including Australia, Japan, United States, Germany, the Peoples’ Republic of China, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Austria, Canada, New Zealand, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Laos, Malta and the Philippines.

PNG also exported tuna to its Pacific island neighbors with Samoa spending nearly K3.5 million (US$1.1 million) on tuna imports from Papua New Guinea.

Most countries in the Asian region still remain PNG’s biggest importers of all seafood with tuna fish species being the main import into the Japanese market.

China imported a large quantity of tuna from PNG and it also imported other seafoods, such as sea cucumber, prawns and shark.

Australia is another big importer of PNG’s sea foods, ranging from tuna, crab, shark, rock lobster, barramundi, shrimp and prawns, sea cucumber and other smoked fish.

Germany never made many orders from PNG in the 10 months of last year but had a large shipment of tuna worth K72 million ((US$22.8 million) .

The United States imported tuna, shrimps and prawns and lobster from PNG worth about K4 million (US$1.2 million) .

Papua New Guinea exported a total of 65,458,585.74 kilograms of sea food and earned K227,858,512.30 for the 10 months from January to October 2004.

During the same period PNG imported sea foods, mainly processed, totaling 9,170,298.18 kilograms which was worth K28,508,511.16.

Papua New Guinea imports big amounts of processed sea food mainly from Australia and New Zealand.

PNG also imports fish bait from South Africa, Switzerland, and Taiwan and imports mackerel from the United States.

Sea foods are also imported from other countries including Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Vietnam where PNG imports octopus from.

January 12, 2005

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