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Falklands' main import trading partner is the UK with 87% of all goods

Thursday, March 26th 2015 - 14:41 UTC
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The United Kingdom is the main import trading partner of the Falkland Islands with 87% of all imported goods coming from the UK in 2012 (Customs and Immigration 2013) with the rest imported mostly from Chile and Uruguay, according to the latest report on the Falklands' “State of the Economy”. Read full article


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  • Klingon

    Falklands' main import trading partner is the UK with 87% of all goods

    Sounds financially incestuous doesn't it?? I guess the FI's know all about that.

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 05:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    you are so backwards sometimes, silly boy,

    how much was imported from Argentina,
    does this not tell you something,
    the Falkland's do not need or depend on Argentina, and that in itself is great for their economy,

    seeing as yours has gone down the drain.

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 08:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @1 Klingon

    Nothing worth importing from Argentina-and therefore no money flowing into Argentina's train crash economy.

    Good luck in paying off your debts-that'll probably be resolved in 500 years.

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 10:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • José Malvinero

    But what morons! If are not more than transport everything they need to keep their demeaning occupation of the Malvinas Argentinas Islands from England! And they call that “import”! But what assholes! As if to say: “I, that live in England, i transport to ”my properties” in the Malvinas Argentinas Islands what is necessary to occupy there. I transport myself!
    Pirates chotos.

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 11:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    #4 José Malvinero

    Ah, but we have a very special export program got the likes of you. You'll be invited to take a very special “Argentines are our special friends” via charter to a secluded location where you will learn why you have to face a firing squad.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 12:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    If Argentina had 'played clever' after 1982, they too could have enjoyed a piece of this import pie, who knows, it might have grown massively.
    Now, due to their beilligerent attitude, they can only stand on the side-lines and miss out on the oil development.
    As always, heroes at 'shooting themselves in the foot' department.


    Mar 27th, 2015 - 01:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • pgerman


    But the FI authorities rejected the offer the “nice” leader of the peronists had made of having direct weekly Aerolineas Argentinas flights from Buenos Aires to Pt. Stanley. These flights would mean thousands of tourists from Argentina, thousands of dollars for the islanders and new (and important) investments in hotels, etc.

    This could be a more important bussines than oil at a unit price of U$D 47 the barrell. You prefer oil to tourists and you lost.

    The FI could have enjoyed a piece of this pie. Heroes at 'shooting themselves in the foot' too.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 02:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Nobody else wants their garbage, except their masters.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 03:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redrow

    But that was not a sincere offer. It was a rather unsubtle political attempt at gaining leverage in the FIs. If Argentina was genuinely happy for its people to travel and spend in the FIs then it wouldn't need to insist that AA is the carrier. The Islanders know what your government is up to.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 06:37 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    7-Pgerman. Wrong.
    NO offer or application for flights by Aerolinieas Argentinas was ever received by the appropriate authorities who are:
    1.Falklands Islands Govt Department of Civil Aviation

    Your side did I recall mutter to the UK Govt in London a few times - and was correctly told- nothing to do with London- you need to approach the relevant Authorities - namely the Falkland Islands Govt in Stanley.

    Therein of course a problem for your silly Govt and AA - according to them there is no such thing or places as we do not exist!

    Anyway how would all these thousands of tourists from Argentina get hold of the foreign exchange to spend here? Is the avaialability of it not carefully rationed and controlled in Argentina?

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 09:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    No, no. I was speaking about goods and trade, not about thousands of penniless refugees from the Third World.
    No one wants them.
    Equally no one wants Aerolinas Argentinas aircraft landing, skidding, crashing and leaking oil all over the place.

    Better just to send a few banana boats with some wine and a few mangoes.

    That's all, thanks!

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 11:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • pgerman


    Punta del Este and other beach places in Uruguay were build with argentine mid and upper class people. I would not say that this was little money.

    Most probably you have never visit it or any other place but the Islands. The massive presence of argentine visitors and tourists is THE REAL BUSSINES islanders are missing by rejecting anything related to Argentine.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 12:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    They the argy bloggers who Don't represent the plastic doll,
    wants nothing to do with us,

    and yet they are quite willing to accept our money as hand-outs.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 01:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    12Pgerman- All those wealthy Argentines go to Punt Del Este to soak up the sun and the nightclubs etc! Going to the south for a Holiday is different!

    Different type of tourist to the one who comes to the islands-Patagonia etc!

    Not that many Argentines would come to the Islands because:
    1. Expensive for them and they would have to get the US$ or £s.

    2. Better value for them to go to TDF-Bariloche-Chilean national Park etc

    Some would want to come here - and some do anyway - they fly in on Lan.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 02:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • pgerman


    We can make a paralelism between FI and some small towns in Patagonia such as El Chalten, El Calafate, Toluin, etc due to their natural beauties, their cultural identity and small population but these small places receive regularly thousands of tourists that are an brilliant business.

    Not to mention the fact that regular argentine people usually love british culture, and traditions, so allowing them to buy properties in the Islands would trigger lots of real state bussines.

    As you mentioned, they are not for the very same tourism as Punta del Este but having a country of 40 million of people and not being willing to promote turism and free trade in a political decision of your leading class that cost you fortunes. Definitively, a much better business than oil at high risks.

    But it's the UK decision and your authorities decision.

    We can consider that the provincial “Gaucho Rivero” law is similarly inspired and has similar consequencies but the money wasted is smaller in comparison to the money FI is wasting.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 06:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • downunder

    Why are Argentines so full of excuses and bullshit when it comes to dealing with the Falkland Islanders??

    If Argentina wants to start an AA service to the Falklands, all it has to do is ask the Falkland Island Government, how hard is that?

    But no, you would rather forsake the opportunity for some genuine trade on the altar of your precious Malvinas myth.

    Mar 28th, 2015 - 02:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • pgerman


    The offer was made and was officially rejected by the FI authorities.

    If FI (or UK) authorities would have interest in promoting the trade between both the Continent and the FI you could have officially asked for it. You could contact AA authorities and make an offer. Or you can just release a law that in an explicit way would promote the investment of argentine citizens in FI real state business. Quite simple.

    But no, you would rather forsake the opportubity for some genuine massive investments flow on the altar of your precious Falklands myth.

    Mar 28th, 2015 - 02:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • UK101

    @17 Can you quote/prove this law even exists? I know for a fact it doesn't and I know of one Argentinian who recently purchased land and built a house. The levels of indoctrination in Argentina are actually scary, perhaps you should try to look past your Mavinas myth.

    Mar 28th, 2015 - 04:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    1.AA never directly approached FIG authorities seeking permission/agreement to operate flights to the Islands.
    2. There was “talk” from Buenos Aires about possible direct flights by AA which would be at a very cheap rate -for one purpose- to encourage all tourists and other visitors away from the Lan flight to thus make it loose money and thus encourage Lan to stop, its operation - thus leaving AA(under full Arg Govt control) with 100% control of passenger air communications in and out of the Islands.
    3. Do you honestly think we would have been so dumb stupid to have agreed to any such AA offer of direct flights even if one had been correctly made to us?
    4 How would AA as an Arg Govt owned airline been able to negotiate and reach agreement over the relevant IATA issues of aircraft certification- insurances-landing permits etc etc with the Govt that officially does not exist and a people who do not exist nor have any rights to have their own Govt according to Buenos Aires? How could these non existent people have ever been able to present their nonexistent passports to book flights!!

    It was all pure fantasy!

    Trade- why would we want to import low quality shoddy goods and services?

    Take fresh fruits and vegetables-
    Arg Govt would never allow your dept of Agric to prepare and certify the standard Int Phytosanitary Documnetation as that would mean Arg admitting officially that the Islands are foreign territory not Argentine.
    Without such standard International Documentation no fresh fruit or plant material or vegetables can enter the Islands - same as any other country in the world.

    As was clearly exampled this January when Arg authorities in Ushuaia refused permission to 2 cruise vessels to land for disposal some live Christmas Trees they had purchased in the Falklands for display onboard over Christmas and needed to get rid of as rubbish later.
    Ushuaia authorities refused to allow them ashore as they were plant material from a foreign state

    Mar 28th, 2015 - 10:13 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    “As if to say: “I, that live in England, i transport to ”my properties” in the Malvinas Argentinas Islands what is necessary to occupy there. I transport myself!”

    This shows that you are a sub-educated halfwit.

    The UK do not supply the Falklands with free goods, the Islanders pay for them, so if goods are not bought, they don't get shipped out.

    You are so stupid you will never understand the concept that the United Kingdom rules England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the UK is not England.
    This explains why your country is a cluster fuck needing aid from the UK.

    “But the FI authorities rejected the offer the “nice” leader of the peronists had made of having direct weekly Aerolineas Argentinas flights from Buenos Aires to Pt. Stanley”

    To convey thousands of Argentine tourists, don't you think it's a little stupid to try and land large airliners at Stanley airport?

    Or were Aerolineas Arseholas planning to fly these thousands of tourists using 30 seater turboprop airliners? To get these 'thousands' of Argentine tourists to Stanley airport, a once weekly flight to Stanley would not be enough-at least 10 flights a week to Stanley would be needed to compare with one LAN airliner flight per week to MPA.

    For a country that claims the Islands, Argentina knows bugger all about them.

    “Ushuaia authorities refused to allow them ashore as they were plant material from a foreign state”

    Thus accepting the Islands are not Argentinian-what idiots! To further the Malvinas myth they should have accepted the trees as rubbish passed internally and publicised internationally that they were glad to receive material from what they insist is theirs.

    Is the failure of the sewage system in Ushuaia affecting their brains?

    What's the betting that the Yaghans would have made a better job of running Ushuaia than these tyre burning morons?

    Or to give them a hand the founders of Ushuaia, the Brits, could point them in the right direction.

    Cue Isolde.

    Mar 28th, 2015 - 03:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Alejomartinez

    London main trading partner is UK!

    Mar 28th, 2015 - 08:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • downunder

    @17 “But no, you would rather forsake the opportubity for some genuine massive investments flow on the altar of your precious Falklands myth.”

    The Falklands is not a myth. The Islands are chartered on the maps of the globe at varying scales and for various uses like navigation, fishing, oil exploration etc. etc. The Falklands have been photographed from space, big, beautiful and British.

    The Falklands are inhabited by people – the Falkland Islanders, they and their ancestors have lived there for nearly 200 years, the Islands are developed with many settlements that support, inter alia, agricultural, tourism and off shore fisheries and oil exploration.

    The name of the Islands is officially recognised by the UN, the international community and even Argentina. No the Falklands are definitely not a myth.

    The Malvinas on the other hand…………………………..

    Mar 28th, 2015 - 11:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    “The Malvinas on the other hand”

    Should be used to name Argentina as Sour Grapes is more appropriate to their psychology than Silver whatever.

    Mar 29th, 2015 - 11:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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