Thu, 02 Sep 2010

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s imports in July reached US$12.62 billion, up 7.32 percent from a month earlier, helped chiefly by a rise in non-oil/non-gas imports, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) said.

Non-oil/non-gas imports rose 12.2 percent to US$10.51 billion from the month before, BPS Deputy Chief for Statistics Subagio Dwijosumono said here on Wednesday.

July`s non-oil/non-gas imports were dominated by machines and mechanical appliances valued at US$1.94 billion, a 14.48 percent increase compared to the previous month, he said.

Compared to the July 2009, imports in July 2010 increased significantly by 45.35 percent, he said.

Cumulatively, imports in the January-July 2010 period stood at US$75.56 billion, jumping 50.93 percent from the same period last year, he said.

Non-oil/non-gas imports in the first seven months of 2010 grew 47.81 percent compared to the corresponding period last year, he said.

Subagio said in the January-July 2010 period China remained the biggest supplier of imported goods with a value of US$10.97 billion, accounting for 18.18 percent of Indonesia`s overall non-oil/non-gas imports over the period.

Japan came in second with US$9.35 billion or 15.50 percent of the total, followed by Singapore with US$5.77 billion or 9.57 percent, he said.

Data from the agency show imports in the year ended July 31, 2010 increased 50.93 percent from the same period last year, led by consumer goods with 54.28 percent, raw and auxiliary materials 53.87 percent and capital goods 39.92 percent.(*)