"Exports in December 2018 declined due to a drop in non-oil/non-gas exports, while oil and gas exports rose 27.34 percent," BPS Chief Suharyanto said here on Tuesday.
Non-oil/non-gas exports in December 2018 reached $12.43 billion, down 8.15 percent compared to November 2018 and 7.01 percent compared to December 2017, he stated.
Among the non-oil/non-gas commodities, metal ore, crust, and dust exports recorded the largest decline of $278.7 million, or 56.25 percent, while jewelry/precious stone exports saw the largest increase of $84.9 million, or 27.41 percent.
The largest market for Indonesia`s non-oil/non-gas exports in December 2018 was China, with $1.67 billion; followed by the United States, with $1.48 billion; and Japan, with $1.16 billion.
The three countries contributed 34.70 percent of the overall non-oil/non-gas exports in December 2018.
Meanwhile, non-oil/non-gas exports to European Union (28 countries) reached $1.33 billion, he noted.
Indonesia`s exports in 2018 mostly came from West Java, with $30.37 billion, or 16.87 percent; East Java, with $19.07 billion, or 10.59 percent; and East Kalimantan, with $18.56 billion, or 10.31 percent.
Reporting by Sella Panduarsa Gareta
Editing by Suharto