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Other than Majuro few services exist outside the capital. All goods are imported into RMI except for Tuna and coconut products. The retail and business sector relies on the import of goods from China, Taiwan Korea and the United States.

The retail sector consists on several multi sectored supermarkets providing items from food, clothing kitchenware, white goods, sport goods and hardware. There are two main locally owned super markets Cost price and K and K. Formosa a Chinese owned also operates 2 stores has goods predominantly from China. There is a total reliance on imported goods. Goods are expensive and small local convenience stores are scattered throughout the communities for small items for daily use.

While there is a computer store and stationary supplies store predominantly small entrepreneurs operate niche services and stores based on importing of goods from boat motors to beer to engine oil.

Finding skilled service technicians to repair is a challenge for anything other than basic repairs. Evidence of this is the plethora of car bodies and heavy equipment carcasses scattered throughout the atolls unable to be repaired. 

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