The Reserve Bank of Fiji’s economic review for April estimates that total exports are expected to decline by negative 15.1 percent.

The export industry is one of the many sectors impacted due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Border restrictions in parts of the world, especially with major trading partners Australia and New Zealand are impacting export volumes.

The Fiji Export Council Chairman Michael Towler says the decline in orders has led to massive job losses and layoffs in many export industries.

Towler says once border restrictions are lifted, the export industry can slowly recover if orders come in.

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