Trade and Maritime Transport Trends in the Pacific


This study examines trade flows in six of the Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB): Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Timor-Leste, Tonga, and Vanuatu. It seeks to inform long-term planning to support trade facilitation initiatives across the region by raising key questions for governments and development partners to consider when designing trade and transport initiatives in the Pacific DMCs. The study addresses core questions including how trade flows in the region are changing, how growth will impact seaport operations and shipping services, and what measures can be taken to improve trade efficiency in the evolving context of trade in the Pacific.