Table  15.7 : IMPORTS CLASSIFIED BY HARMONIZED SYSTEM , 2005 - 2008
Harmonized System     % Share % Change Over Previous Year
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2005 2006 2007 2008 2007 2008
TOTAL 9,534,267 11,859,521 14,032,513 17,760,114 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 18.3 26.6
       Section I          
LIVE ANIMALS; ANIMAL PRODUCT 376,592 488,411 616,467 730,031 3.9 4.1 4.4 4.1 26.2 18.4
Live animals                       87                   490                   931                1,118 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 89.9 20.2
Meat and edible meat offals           112,926           153,545           201,674           243,848 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.4 31.3 20.9
Fish and crustaceans and molluscs and other...              38,414              68,537           101,602              98,595 0.4 0.6 0.7 0.6 48.2 -3.0
Dairy products; birds' eggs; natural honey; ...           225,139           265,782           312,192           386,310 2.4 2.2 2.2 2.2 17.5 23.7
Products of animal origin, not elsewhere ... 27 57 69 160 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 21.6 133.4
       Section II          
VEGETABLE PRODUCTS 494,023 628,106 803,793 1,041,092 5.2 5.3 5.7 5.9 28.0 29.5
Live trees and other plants; bulbs roots and ...                8,665              12,097              12,806              19,381 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 5.9 51.3
Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers           156,667           202,764           264,598           297,338 1.6 1.7 1.9 1.7 30.5 12.4
Edible fruits and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons           133,654           192,333           240,436           284,366 1.4 1.6 1.7 1.6 25.0 18.3
Coffee, tea, mate and spices              28,751              40,523              49,017              57,204 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 21.0 16.7
Cereals              86,676              97,611           125,642           203,177 0.9 0.8 0.9 1.1 28.7 61.7
Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin...              74,484              75,707           102,822           169,535 0.8 0.6 0.7 1.0 35.8 64.9
Oil seeds and oleaginous fruit; miscellaneous ...                2,809                4,614                5,260                6,578 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 14.0 25.1
Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts                1,409                1,438                2,104                1,530 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 46.3 -27.3
Vegetable plaiting materials, vegetable products not elsewhere...                   909                1,019                1,109                1,984 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 8.8 78.9
       Section III          
ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE FATS AND OILS AND THEIR... 53,363 61,707 64,395 88,621 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 4.4 37.6
Animal and Vegetable fats and oils and... 53,363 61,707 64,395 88,621 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 4.4 37.6
       Section IV          
PREPARED FOODSTUFFS; BEVERAGES, SPIRITS AND...           572,576           733,578           862,644           987,478 6.0 6.2 6.1 5.6 17.6 14.5
Preparations of meat, of fish, of crustaceans...              13,356              22,743              31,454              44,512 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.3 38.3 41.5
Sugar and sugar confectionery              67,124              93,578              81,466              85,739 0.7 0.8 0.6 0.5 -12.9 5.2
Cocoa and cocoa preparations              47,834              56,258              77,615              94,686 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.5 38.0 22.0
Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk...              92,745           108,801           133,688           151,182 1.0 0.9 1.0 0.9 22.9 13.1
Preparations of vegetables, fruits...              91,385           115,914           143,322           156,802 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.9 23.6 9.4
Miscellaneous edible preparations              63,939              86,365           102,917           122,221 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 19.2 18.8
Beverages, spirits and vinegar           112,843           155,774           196,781           216,025 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.2 26.3 9.8
Residues and waste from the food industries...                1,587                1,734                2,979                5,055 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 71.8 69.7
Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes              81,763              92,410              92,422           111,256 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.01 20.4
       Section V          
MINERAL PRODUCTS 1,777,609 2,719,908 3,233,064 4,727,591 18.6 22.9 23.0 26.6 18.9 46.2
Salt, sulphur, earths and stones; plastering           298,628           395,114           629,257           690,386 3.1 3.3 4.5 3.9 59.3 9.7
 Ores, slag and ash                   458                   488                   669                   627 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 37.0 -6.2
 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of ...        1,478,523        2,324,306        2,603,138        4,036,577 15.5 19.6 18.6 22.7 12.0 55.1
        Section VI          
 PRODUCTS OF THE CHEMICAL & ALLIED INDUSTRIES           437,450           556,807           650,336           750,366 4.6 4.7 4.6 4.2 16.8 15.4
 Inorganic chemicals; organic and inorganic compounds                7,950              18,365              11,368                9,463 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 -38.1 -16.8
 Organic chemicals                3,890                4,717                6,054                5,869 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 28.4 -3.1
 Pharmaceutical products              75,563              85,655              93,148           127,934 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 8.7 37.3
 Fertilizers                9,776                9,100              12,415              15,754 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 36.4 26.9
 Tanning and dyeing extracts...           101,229           135,861           149,003           170,329 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.0 9.7 14.3
 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, ...           114,336           145,094           177,301           209,771 1.2 1.2 1.3 1.2 22.2 18.3
 Soap, organic surface-active agents...              49,590              66,553              91,055              93,939 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.5 36.8 3.2
 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues...              20,836              25,615              28,581              36,661 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 11.6 28.3
 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches ...                   703                   794                1,729                1,719 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 117.8 -0.5
 Photographic and cinematographic goods                5,705                5,112                5,907                5,369 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 15.5 -9.1
 Miscellaneous chemical products              47,870              59,941              73,775              73,557 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.4 23.1 -0.3
        Section VII          
 PLASTIC & ARTICLES THEREOF; RUBBER & ARTICLES THEREOF           330,286           362,898           489,591           514,731 3.5 3.1 3.5 2.9 34.9 5.1
 Plastics and articles thereof           289,244           311,222           421,569           440,392 3.0 2.6 3.0 2.5 35.5 4.5
 Rubber and articles thereof              41,042              51,676              68,022              74,339 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.4 31.6 9.3
        Section VIII          
 RAW HIDES & SKINS, LEATHER, FURSKINS & ARTICLES...                   9,236              10,380              13,838              16,649 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 33.3 20.3
 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins)                       31                   247                   198                      13 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -19.8 -93.2
 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness;....                9,204              10,133              13,640              16,635 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 34.6 22.0
         Section IX          
 WOOD; ARTICLES OF WOOD; WOOD CHARCOAL; CORK & ARTICLES           504,003           613,232           782,339           889,458 5.3 5.2 5.6 5.0 27.6 13.7
 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal           500,698           606,083           777,185           884,233 5.3 5.1 5.5 5.0 28.2 13.8
 Cork and articles of cork                   131                   188                      76                   132 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -59.5 72.9
 Manufactures of straw, of esparto and of other plating...                3,174                6,960                5,078                5,094 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 -27.0 0.3
         Section X          
 PULP OF WOOD OR OF OTHER FIBROUS CELLULOSIC MATERIAL           180,773           202,247           240,035           295,454 1.9 1.7 1.7 1.7 18.7 23.1
 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp           108,437           128,165           153,310           173,238 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.0 19.6 13.0
 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products...              72,335              74,082              86,725           122,216 0.8 0.6 0.6 0.7 17.1 40.9
        Section XI          
 TEXTILES AND TEXTILE ARTICLES           212,723           283,421           327,711           391,015 2.2 2.4 2.3 2.2 15.6 19.3
 Silk                    490                   677                   151                   287 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -77.7 90.2
 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair...                   148                   211                   137                   148 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -35.0 7.6
 Cotton              24,937              25,900              27,260              28,080 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2 5.2 3.0
 Other vegetable textile fibres...                   110                1,052                   800                1,394 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -24.0 74.3
 Man-made filaments              22,102              27,706              25,275              30,733 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 -8.8 21.6
 Man-made staple fibres                      80                   414                2,054                2,838 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 395.7 38.2
 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns;...                6,549              10,987              12,127              13,652 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 10.4 12.6
 Carpets and other textile floor coverings                9,127                8,981              16,886              18,430 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 88.0 9.1
 Special woven fabrics...                4,377                8,562                7,595                9,390 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 -11.3 23.6
 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile...                9,667                9,201              14,605              17,889 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 58.7 22.5
 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted...              55,469              74,950           101,163           134,222 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8 35.0 32.7
 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted...              15,833              22,873              23,275              24,536 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 1.8 5.4
 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing...              63,834              91,905              96,384           109,415 0.7 0.8 0.7 0.6 4.9 13.5
        Section XII          
 FOOTWEAR, HEADGEAR, UMBRELLAS, SUNSHADES, ...              37,510              46,325              57,187              67,317 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 23.4 17.7
 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles              30,476              34,834              43,219              49,620 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 24.1 14.8
 Headgear and parts thereof                 2,510                3,834                4,750                6,488 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 23.9 36.6
 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking-sticks...                4,083                6,893                8,268              10,102 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 19.9 22.2
 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers...                   441                   764                   950                1,107 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 24.4 16.5
        Section XIII          
 ARTICLES OF STONE, PLASTER, CEMENT, ASBESTOS   273,105 303,521 366,588 449,836 2.9 2.6 2.6 2.5 20.8 22.7
 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos...           100,396              86,015              98,603           140,034 1.1 0.7 0.7 0.8 14.6 42.0
 Ceramic products              96,865           108,963           147,162           171,269 1.0 0.9 1.0 1.0 35.1 16.4
 Glass and glassware              75,845           108,542           120,823           138,533 0.8 0.9 0.9 0.8 11.3 14.7
        Section XIV          
 PEARLS, PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES, ... 8,883 15,853 22,866 22,391 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.1 44.2 -2.1
 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones...                8,883              15,853              22,866              22,391 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.1 44.2 -2.1
        Section XV          
 BASE METAL AND ARTICLES OF BASE METAL 742,101 802,195 1,097,848 1,188,721 7.8 6.8 7.8 6.7 36.9 8.3
 Iron and steel            248,098           277,679           395,705           487,931 2.6 2.3 2.8 2.7 42.5 23.3
 Articles of iron or steel           336,589           345,669           499,284           455,487 3.5 2.9 3.6 2.6 44.4 -8.8
 Copper and articles thereof...              19,734              24,424              31,077              22,643 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 27.2 -27.1
 Nickel and articles thereof...                   340                   107                   105                   133 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -1.9 26.9
 Aluminum and articles thereof...              62,241              51,940              63,768              85,778 0.7 0.4 0.5 0.5 22.8 34.5
 Lead and articles thereof...                      78                   758                   254                   420 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -66.5 65.5
 Zinc and articles thereof...                1,194                4,206                2,614                5,176 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -37.8 98.0
 Tin and articles thereof...                   363                   534                   213                   285 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -60.1 33.6
 Other base metals, cermets, articles thereof...                      18                      84                   974                   722 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1,053.0 -25.9
 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks...              33,301              38,969              46,589              53,186 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 19.6 14.2
 Miscellaneous articles of base metals              40,145              57,825              57,266              76,960 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.4 -1.0 34.4
        Section XVI          
 MACHINERY & MECHANICAL APPLIANCES; ELECTRICAL        2,507,717        2,618,359        2,997,190        3,301,787 26.3 22.1 21.4 18.6 14.5 10.2
 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery & mechanical appliances;...        1,070,922        1,439,949        1,613,371        1,675,281 11.2 12.1 11.5 9.4 12.0 3.8
 Electrical machinery and equipment; parts thereof...        1,436,796        1,178,410        1,383,819        1,626,506 15.1 9.9 9.9 9.2 17.4 17.5
        Section XVII          
 VEHICLES, AIRCRAFT, & PARTS THEREOF;           471,151           669,209           653,467        1,493,075 4.9 5.6 4.7 8.4 -2.4 128.5
 Railway tramway locomotives, rolling stocks and parts thereof                1,997                9,059                6,605                4,877 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 -27.1 -26.2
 Vehicles other than railway or tramway...           176,421           235,271           246,884           218,669 1.9 2.0 1.8 1.2 4.9 -11.4
 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof…           143,178           180,371           104,130           287,704 1.5 1.5 0.7 1.6 -42.3 176.3
 Ships, boats and floating structures           149,554           244,508           295,848           981,826 1.6 2.1 2.1 5.5 21.0 231.9
        Section XVIII          
 OPTICAL, PHOTOGRAPHIC, CINEMATOGRAPHIC, ...           141,286           208,601           191,190           195,636 1.5 1.8 1.4 1.1 -8.3 2.3
 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, ...           121,582           187,441           163,435           164,146 1.3 1.6 1.2 0.9 -12.8 0.4
 Clocks and watches and parts thereof              17,376              19,363              22,620              26,553 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 16.8 17.4
 Musical instruments; parts and accessories                 2,328                1,797                5,135                4,937 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 185.8 -3.9
        Section XIX          
 ARMS & AMMUNITION; PARTS & ACCESSORIES THEREOF                      53              16,238                       -                         -   0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 -100.0 0.0
 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof                      53              16,238                       -                         -   0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 -100.0 0.0
        Section XX          
 MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES           403,507           517,055           560,991           608,218 4.2 4.4 4.0 3.4 8.5 8.4
 Furniture and parts thereof; bedding, ...           342,738           428,355           465,439           499,005 3.6 3.6 3.3 2.8 8.7 7.2
 Toys, games and sports requisities parts thereof...              34,412              55,997              60,094              66,523 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.4 7.3 10.7
 Miscellaneous manufactured articles              26,357              32,703              35,459              42,690 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 8.4 20.4
         Section  XXI          
 WORK OF ART, COLLECTORS PIECES, & ANTIQUES.                   319                1,471                   975                   647 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -33.7 -33.6
 Work of art, collectors pieces, and antiques.                   319                1,471                   975                   647 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -33.7 -33.6
Source:  Maldives Customs Services