Sun, 04 Apr 2010

Yogyakarta (ANTARA News) - Yogyakarta`s exports to China and other countries grouped in the free trade area agreement have been increasing from year to year, a regional trade official said.

"In the last several years, Yoyakarta`s exports to countries which had joined the free trade area agreement with Indonesia continued to increase," Head of Foreign Trade Relations of the Yogyakarta Trade and Industry Office, Riyadi Ida Bagus said here over the weekend.

On the other hand, Yogyakarta`s exports to other countries like the United States and European Union which did not join the free trade area agreement adversely declined in the last several years, he said.

Yogyakarta`s exports to China, which in 2008 accounted for 1.2 percent of the total exports, increased to 1.3 percent in 2009 with seven primary commodities such as volatile oil, black team and green tea.

The same thing also happened to Yogyakarta`s exports to Japan which increased two percent in 2007 to three percent in 2008 and in 2009 increased to 4.4 percent.

"Besides with China, Indonesia also has free trade area agreements with Japan, India and Australia. Exports to those countries in 2009 increased and it is expected in 2010 those exports will rise further," he said.(*)