31 Oct 2011

Cargo volume drop adds to American Samoa shortages

7:03 am on 31 October 2011

Shortages of goods are reportedly becoming more common in American Samoa and according to wholesalers this is due to a drop in container ships calling into port.

Port Administration figures show in the last fiscal year there were 95 ships in port, down from 113 the year before.

Port officials say the numbers are an indication that goods imported into the territory are not what they used to be when the territory's both canneries were still operating.

Fewer ships arriving and containers offloaded also means less revenue for the government.