3.5 Samoa Food and Additional Supplies

Samoa is largely self-sufficient in ‘staple’ food supplies. Major food commodities consumed are coconuts, wheat flour, pork, sugar (refined), taro (cocoyam) and vegetables. Markets and stores are plentiful and well-stocked with other imported food commodities, largely from Australia and New Zealand.

Suppliers are generally reliable, and the government will privilege national procurement over importing emergency relief items. This being said, even if nearly all NF humanitarian items (shelters, cooking kits, hygiene kits) may be found in country, the local suppliers only maintain stocks fitting with the general needs of the country, and are not ready for a surge, or for signing stand-by agreements/buffer stocks agreements with the humanitarian agencies.

In 2016, Samoa exported $89.9M and imported $427M.

The top exports of Samoa were Insulated Wire ($21.4M) (since been discontinued), Non-fillet Frozen Fish ($18.7M), and Refined Petroleum ($12M) transhipped to smaller Pacific neighbours such as Tokelau. Its top imports are Refined Petroleum($41.3M), Coated Flat-Rolled Iron($20.4M), Poultry Meat ($17.8M), and cars ($13.1M).

Samoa is not a major manufacturing economy, but it does manufacture some processed agricultural products such as fruit juices and coconut products.

Generic country information can be located from sources, which are regularly maintained and reflect current facts and figures. For a general overview of country data related to the service and supply sectors, please consult the following sources:

The Observatory of Economic Complexity – MIT (OEC):

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