BPS head Suhariyanto attributed the increase to 24.94 percent rise in the imports of commodities other than oil and gas to US$11.10 billion from US$8.86 billion in February, 2017.
Imports of oil and gas dropped US$211.2 million or 8.54 percent.
"Year-on-year, the imports in March also rose 18.19 percent from US$11.3 billion," Suhariyanto said.
Meanwhile, imports of oil and gas were valued at US$2.26 billion in March 2017, or down 8.54 percent from US$2.47 billion in February, 2017. Year-on-year, the Marchs imports of oil and gas rose 45.70 percent from US$1.55 billion.
Cumulatively in the first three months of 2017 imports were valued at US$36.68 billion or an increase of 14.83 percent from US$31.94 billion in the same period in 2016.
The largest imports came from China reaching US$7.75 billion, followed by Japan from which imports were valued at US$3.42 billion and Thailand from which imports were valued at US$2.15 billion.
Meanwhile the countrys exports in March rose 15.68 percent to US$14.59 billion from US$12.61 billion.
The international trade in March, therefore, favored the country with a surplus of US$1.23 billion
Cumulatively in the first three months of the year, exports were valued at US$40.61 billion or up 20.84 percent from the same period in 2016.