Mon, 04 Oct 2010

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s manufactured goods exports in the first eight months of 2010 jumped 34.7 percent to US$61.4 billion from a year earlier on the global economic recovery, a minister said.

"The global economic recovery has raised demand for our manufactured goods. A surge in the export of our commodities also happened to the agricultural sector, Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said here on Friday.

The manufactured goods included rubber, cocoa, forestry, and automotive products and footwear.

Data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) show automotive, cocoa, forestry product and footwear exports in the January-August 2010 period rose 46.1 percent, 41.5 percent, 36.4 percent and 33.1 percent respectively compared to the same period last year.

"We can all see rubber product exports increased almost two-folds with export value rising 103 percent and contribution to Indonesia`s non-oil/non-gas export to 7.4 percent from 5 percent," she said.

She said Indonesia`s rubber products mostly went to Asian countries, particularly Japan, South Korea, Singapore and China.

Indonesia`s textile and textile product exports also rose significantly by 19 percent in the January-July 2010 period compared to the same period last year, she said.

Meanwhile, electronic product exports in the first seven months of 2010 reached US$5.8 billion, up 24.8 percent from the same period last year. (*)