Overview In 2022 Vanuatu was the number 186 economy in the world in terms of total exports and the number 198 in total imports.

Exports The top exports of Vanuatu are Non-fillet Frozen Fish ($152M), Perfume Plants ($18.7M), Fish Fillets ($10M), Copra ($8.91M), and Molluscs ($5.62M), exporting mostly to Thailand ($86.1M), Japan ($55.5M), South Korea ($14.1M), Philippines ($12.9M), and China ($10.1M).

Imports The top imports of Vanuatu are Refined Petroleum ($73.9M), Passenger and Cargo Ships ($19.9M), Poultry Meat ($9.55M), Broadcasting Equipment ($9.51M), and Delivery Trucks ($9.2M), importing mostly from China ($95.9M), Australia ($58.5M), Malaysia ($49M), New Zealand ($34.5M), and Fiji ($31.3M).

Latest Trends

Latest Trade


The following section uses the most recent trade data from partners of Vanuatu.

Disclaimer: data is presented based on availability and only countries that use the harmonized system are being shown.

* Trade values are converted to USD using each month's exchange rate. For December 2023 data, the exchange rate from December 30, 2023 is used.

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Latest Data


The data obtained is mirror data. The trade of countries that do not report current data can be reconstructed based on data reported by partner countries with current data available.

*All data is converted to USD using January 2020 exchange rates when data is reported in local currency.

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Historical Data

Yearly Trade

Top Export (2022)Non-fillet Frozen Fish$152M
Top Destination (2022)Thailand$86.1M

In 2022, Vanuatu exported a total of $205M, making it the number 186 exporter in the world. During the last five reported years the exports of Vanuatu have changed by -$48.4M from $254M in 2017 to $205M in 2022.

The most recent exports are led by Non-fillet Frozen Fish ($152M), Perfume Plants ($18.7M), Fish Fillets ($10M), Copra ($8.91M), and Molluscs ($5.62M). The most common destination for the exports of Vanuatu are Thailand ($86.1M), Japan ($55.5M), South Korea ($14.1M), Philippines ($12.9M), and China ($10.1M).

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Exports (2022)
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Market Growth

Fastest Growing Export Markets (2021 - 2022)
Japan$7.17M (+ 14.8%)
Philippines$2.7M (+ 26.4%)
Ecuador$1.24M (+ 24.7k%)
Fastest Growing Import Markets (2021 - 2022)
Malaysia$30.6M (+ 166%)
China$11.1M (+ 13.1%)
United States$5.95M (+ 219%)

Total Export Growth by Market (2021 - 2022)

Service Trade

Service Trade

Vanuatu Exports Services (2014)$324M
Vanuatu Imports Services (2014)$134M

In 2014, Vanuatu exported $324M worth of services. The top services exported by Vanuatu in 2014 were Travel ($257M), Transportation ($45M), Government services, n.i.e. ($13.8M), Other business services ($4.04M), and Insurance services ($3.39M).

The top services imported by Vanuatu in 2014 were Transportation ($74.3M), Travel ($36.8M), Other business services ($11.9M), Insurance services ($5.6M), and Computer and information services ($3.25M).

Service Exports (2014)

Service Imports (2014)

Economic Complexity

Most Specialized Products by RCA Index

Vanuatu has a high level of specialization in Non-fillet Frozen Fish (621), Perfume Plants (527), Molluscs (50.3), Cocoa Beans (39.7), and Fish Fillets (36.8). Specialization is measured using RCA, an index that takes the ratio between Vanuatu observed and expected exports in each product.

Most Complex Products by PCI

Export Opportunities by Relatedness

The top export opportunities for Vanuatu according to the relatedness index, were Crustaceans (0.042), Gold (0.039), Palm Oil (0.039), Coconuts, Brazil Nuts, and Cashews (0.038), and Non-fillet Fresh Fish (0.037). Relatedness measures the distance between a country's current exports and each product. The barchart show only products that Vanuatu is not specialized in.

Product Space

The product space is a network connecting products that are likely to be co-exported. The product space can be used to predict future exports, since countries are more likely to start exporting products that are related to current exports. Relatedness measures the distance between a product, and all of the products a country currently specializes in.

Relatedness Space

This network shows the products most related to the production structure of Vanuatu. These are products that tend to be co-exported with the products that Vanuatu exports. Higher relatedness values ​​indicate greater knowledge, which predicts a greater probability of exporting that product in the future.

Relatedness Space (2022)

Diversification Frontier


The Complexity-Relatedness diagram compares the risk vs strategic value of a country's potential export oppotunities. Relatedness is predictive of the probability that a country increases its exports in a product. Complexity, is associated with higher levels of income, economic growth, less income inequality, and lower greenhouse emissions.

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