Trade in Tonga

Tonga was the world’s 162nd largest exporter of goods and 143rd largest exporter of commercial services in 2021. Export values were $16 and $40 million USD respectively. Tonga’s top export category was agricultural products, followed by fuels and mining products, and manufactures. In 2014, Tonga’s main export destination markets for goods and services trade were to New Zealand, Hong Kong, China and the United States, with trade representing 85.53 per cent of GDP. In terms of imports, Tonga’s import values were $246 and $65 million USD respectively in 2021. Tonga’s top import category was manufactures, followed by agricultural products and fuels and mining products. Leading import partners were New Zealand, Singapore and the United States. Tonga is part of 3 different Regional Trade Agreements, such as Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus (PACER Plus), Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA) and South Pacific Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement (SPARTECA).
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General Information

This section includes general information on the economy, legal system, official languages and links to additional demographic information.

Official Name

Kingdom of Tonga

Abbreviation

TO

Capital

Nuku'alofa

WTO Membership Date

27 July 2007

Legal System

English common law

Language

Tongan, English

Number of Time Zone(s)

1

Additional Information

Financial Information

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Currency

Tongan paʻanga

Exchange Rate

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Contact Information

This section includes contact information for business support organizations and national resources.

Government MSME Agency

  • Ministry of Trade and Economic Development

  • Tonga Small Business Association

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Industrial Property Offices

  • Intellectual Property Office

  • Ministry of Trade & Economic Development

SPS Enquiry Points

Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • Mr Viliami T. Manu
    Chief Executive Officer,
    Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Forests
    Phone: +676 23402/23038
    Website: http://www.mafff.gov.to

    P.O. Box 14, Nuku'alofa

    [email protected]@kalianet.to

TBT Enquiry Points

Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • National TBT Notification Authority and Enquiry Point
    Mrs. Distaquaine Tu‘ihalamaka
    Chief Executive Officer
    Ministry of Trade and Economic Development
    Phone: +(676) 7400105
    Website: www.mted.gov.to

    P.O. Box 110
    Nuku‘alofa
    Kingdom of Tonga

    [email protected], [email protected]

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Links to other helpful resources

This section includes additional links to trade-related resources.

Trade Information Portal

https://tonga.tradeportal.org

Last Reviewed: June, 2023

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