Indonesia`s imports in November up 10 percent to $12.65 billion

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesias imports rose by 10 percent to US$12.65 billion in November 2016 from US$11.50 billion a month earlier, the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) said.

BPS Deputy Chairman for Distribution and Service Statistics Sasmito Hadi Wibowo told a press conference here on Thursday that machine and electrical appliance imports went up 15.23 percent to US$210.3 million.

Compared to the same month last year, the imports rose 9.88 percent, he added.

The agency noted that machines and mechanical appliance imports rose US$149.8 million, jewelry US$115.3 million, optical appliances US$86.7 million and weapons and ammunition US$51.3 million.

Non-oil/non-gas imports in November 2016 reached US$10.90 billion, a 9.39 percent increase compared to October 2016, and a 10.31 percent rise compared to November 2015.

Oil/gas imports in November 2016 reached US$1.76 billion, up 13.89 percent, compared to the month before, and 7.27 percent compared to the same month last year.

Cumulatively, imports during the January - November 2016 period stood at US$122.86 billion, down 5.94 percent compared to the same period last year. The imports consisted of oil/gas imports valued at US$17.07 billion, down 25.17 percent, and non-oil/non-gas imports valued at US$105.79 billion, down 1.87 percent, compared to the same period last year.

During the January-November 2016 period, Indonesias imports from China reached US$27.55 billion, accounting for 26.04 percent of its overall imports. This was followed by Japan with US$11.84 billion (11.20 percent), and Thailand with US$7.95 billion (7.52 percent).(*)