Indonesia's export value in July 2019 increased by 31.02 percent from June 2019. However, that is a decrease of 5.12 percent when compared to the exports in July 2018.
Meanwhile, non-oil and gas exports in July 2019 reached $13.85 billion, an increase of 25.33 percent from June 2019. That is also an increase of 6.88 percent compared to exports in July last year.
Indonesia's total exports value from January to July 2019 reached $95.79 billion, which is a decrease of 8.02 percent compared to the same period in 2018. The value of non-oil exports also rose by 6.58 percent and reached $88.07 billion.
Indonesia's imports in July 2019 rose by 34.96 percent compared to June 2019, which is an increase of 15.21 percent compared to July 2018, BPS also reported.
Non-oil and gas imports in July 2019 reached $13.77 billion or rose by 40.72 percent compared to June 2019. However, that is a decrease of 11.96 percent compared to July 2018.
"Oil and gas imports in July 2019 reached $1.75 billion, a 2.04 percent increase compared to June 2019. It is an increase of 34.29 percent compared to July 2018," Suhariyanto stated.
Therefore, Indonesia's trade balance from January to July 2019 period experienced a deficit of $1.9 billion, which is better than the deficit of $3.2 billion in the same period last year.
"Our deficit is getting smaller. Although, in the future, we still need to take the right policy," Suhariyanto said in conclusion.