Fri, 02 Apr 2010

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s trade surplus in February reached US$1.71 billion, slightly up from US$1.1 billion in January, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) on Thursday.

"The balance of trade shows a surplus of US$1.7 billion making total surplus in the past two months to reach US$3.8 billion," BPS chief Rusman Heriawan said.

Indonesia`s exports in February were recorded at US$11.20 billion while its imports US$9.50 billion rising 0.08 percent from January`s which were recorded at US$9.49 billion.

The country`s non-oil and gas imports in February reached US$7.44 billion, down US$113.9 million (1.51 percent) from January, 2010.

The oil and gas imports in February 2010 meanwhile reached US$2.06 billion, up US$121.4 million (6.27 percent) from January 2010.

Machinery/mechanic instruments contributed the biggest value of imports in February 2010 amounting to US$1.38 billion, though down 3.06 percent from January. Based on the January-February period however their value rose 18.49 percent compared to the same period last year.

In the January-February 2010 period, imports were valued at US$18.99 billion, rising 51.43 percent from the same period last year.

The non-oil and gas imports in the period reached US$14.99 billion, up 45.66 percent from the same period of 2009.

China remains the biggest supplier of non-oil and gas imports in the January-February period, followed by Japan and Singapore.

Imports from China were valued at US$2.79 billion comprising 18.58 percent of the market while imports from Japan totalled US$2.16 billion (14.43 percent) and Singapore US$1.51 billion (10.09 percent).

The country`s non-oil and gas imports from the Asean countries reached 22.81 percent while from the EU 8.66 percent.

The value of imports based upon usage during January-February 2010 period was up from the same period last year for all categories namely consumer goods 55.98 percent, raw materials/components 55.27 percent and capital goods 37.35 percent.(*)