3 Feb 2015

Long awaited food due in American Samoa

2:29 pm on 3 February 2015

A delayed shipment of food from ports on America's west coast is due in American Samoa in the next day.

Pago Pago Harbour, American Samoa

The food is expected to arrive in Pago Pago harbour within the next day. Photo: AFP / Michael Runkel / Robert Harding Premium

Another long-awaited vessel arrived in the capital Pago Pago on Friday carrying food stocks which have been depleted due to transportation delays arising from a worker slow-down on the US wharves.

The local Chamber of Commerce says 95% of food consumed in American Samoa is imported and the depletion of supplies is starting to significantly effect the community.

Our correspondent in Pago Pago, Fili Sagapolutele, says the government is monitoring the situation.

"The community is just coping as we go along. They're still able to get some of the basic needs from the stores or from their families but in the long run if it continues that is going to cause a great problem. Stores are concerned that when the shelves become empty then we have a big problem on hand."

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