Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) said the country`s non-oil/non-gas exports in the January - May period dropped by 21.9 percent if compared with the same period a year earlier.
"The exports of animal and vegetable fat/oil group experienced a significant drop by 42.44 percent," Ali Rosidi, BPS deputy chief for statistics distribution and service affairs, said here on Wednesday.
He said that other commodities which experienced a significant increase were grain and metal crust/ash groups which rose 531 percent.
Indonesia`s exports to main destination countries such as ASEAN in May increased 23 percent, Europe 31.5 percent, Japan 37.33 percent and other destinations with an average increase of 4.48 percent.
Indonesia`s exports to China in May dropped 10.4 percent, however.
In the meantime, Indonesia`s exports in May 2009, according to the BPS, increased 9.5 percent to 9.26 billion dollars compared with those in the previous month.
"But compared with the corresponding period a year earlier, the May exports are 28.28 percent lower," BPS Ali Rosidi, said here on Wednesday.
The increase in the export performance in May was fueled by the rise of non-oil exports which rose 13.3 percent. However oil and gas exports dropped 12 percent.
Indonesia`s main export commodities which experienced significant increase in May 2009 included animal fat and vegetable group which was up 57.66 percent from 771.2 million dollars to 1.215 billion dollars.
Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said last month that Indonesia`s non-oil/non-gas exports in 2009 were predicted to drop by 20 percent from last year`s value of US$107.8 billion or higher than earlier forecast at 30 percent.
"Our initial forecast is minus 30 percent but now it may be 20 to 30 percent," she said.
She said non-oil/non-gas exports had declined since October 2008 and were likely to reach bottom in March. "We hope the trend will rise and therefore contracts will not be as big as in previous years," she said.
According to the BPS, the country`s non-oil/non-gas exports from January to April 2009 reached US$26.90 billion or dropped by 22.68 percent compared to last year`s.(*)