A traditional Polynesian economy in which more than 90% of the land is communally owned, tuna fishing and tuna processing plants are the backbone of the private sector. Economy are restrained by Samoa's remote location, its limited transportation, and its devastating hurricanes. As territory of the US, American Samoa does not treat the US as an external trade partner. American Samoa annually receives important financial assistance from abroad.
American Samoa presently importing over 95% food supplies from overseas. The population in agriculture in American Samoa was reported at 8000.00 in 2008. The main items of agriculture are bananas, coconuts, vegetables, taro, breadfruit, yams, copra, pineapples, papayas; dairy products, livestock.
Its main imports are food and beverages, industrial supplies, and fuels. Samoa's principal exports are coconut products, nonu fruit, and fish. Main industries of American Samoa are tourism, coconuts, small scale manufacturing, fishing.
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