Exporting guide to Papua New Guinea


Papua New Guinea (PNG) is in the southwestern Pacific and includes the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands. The PNG mainland has around 600 islands with a total land area of 452,860 square kilometers, over 800 languages are spoken. It has a population of approximately 8.4 million giving UK companies access to a good consumer market. Papua New Guinea is largely underdeveloped. It is dominated by the agricultural, forestry, and fishing sector and the minerals and energy extraction sector.

Strong service market

Papua New Guinea has a strong services market the top goods imported into the country from the rest of the world are business services, transport, travel, construction, insurance and pension services.

A construction site in Papa New Guinea

Papua New Guinea: at a glance


Papua New Guinean kina

Business language

English is widely spoken

GDP per capita


UK is $47,203 (IMF, 2021, projected figures)

Economic growth


(IMF, 2021, projected figure)

Time zone

GMT +10

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