In 2000, exports totaled $23.2 million and imports amounted to $86.7 million. Service receipts have helped offset the traditionally adverse trade balances. A commodities marketing board exports copra and cocoa, and cooperatives play a major role in foreign trade.
Most of Vanuatu's export commodities are foodstuffs, including oil seeds, (34%), vegetables (15%), wood (13%), meat (12%), cocoa (4.7%), and fish (1.3%).
In 2000, Vanuatu's imports were distributed among the following categories:
Principal trading partners in 2000 (in millions of US dollars) were as follows:
|China (inc. Hong Kong)||1.6||2.8||-1.2|