From: Antara NewsPalembang, S Sumatra (ANTARA News) - South Sumatra`s non-oil/non-gas exports in January 2011 rose to US$491.324 million from US$449.200 million a month earlier on rising global commodity prices.
The increase was inseparable from rising prices of the province`s key commodities including crude palm oil (CPO) and its derivative products in the global market, Head of the Plantation Product Management and Marketing at the South Sumatra Provincial Plantation Office Minarsih said on Sunday.
In terms of volume, the non-oil/non-gas exports fell to 672,692 tons in January 2011 from 938,748 tons in December 2010, she said.
Rubber remained on top as the biggest foreign exchange earner with US$337.507 million in January 2011 compared to US$249.450 million in December 2010, she said.
CPO and its derivatives came in second with US$67.620 million compared to US$60.229 million the month before and pulp in third with US$21.017 million against US$19.980 million a month ago, she said.
However, urea fertilizer exports dropped significantly to US$4.315 million in January 2011 from US$8.654 million in December 2010, she said.
South Sumatra`s non-oil/non-gas exports in January 2011 went to 38 countries including the United States, Malaysia, China, Japan, Canada, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Singapore and Vietnam.
The United States was the biggest market for the province`s non-oil/non-gas exports in January 2011 with US$153.712 million, followed by Malaysia with US60.455 million, China with US$55.476 million and Japan with US$36.822 million.
The other buyers of South Sumatra`s non-oil/non-gas commodities in January 2011 were Pakistan with US$13,531 and Australia with US$13,937