"China was the biggest supplier of imported goods to Indonesia in 2019," BPS Head, Suhariyanto, said in Jakarta on Wednesday.
Following China, Japan was the second-largest supplier of imported goods to Indonesia with a value of 15.59 billion US dollars or 10.47 percent. Then came Thailand with an import value of 9.41 billion US dollars or 6.32 percent.
"Meanwhile, non-oil and gas imports from the ASEAN are 29,291 US dollars or 19.68 percent, while they are 12,344.5 US dollars or 8.29 percent from the European Union," Suhariyanto said.
The cumulative value of imports from January to December 2019 was 170.72 billion US dollars, down 9.53 percent compared to the same period the previous year.
"The decline occurred in oil and gas and non-oil and gas imports, to 7.98 billion US dollars or 26.73 percent and 10 billion US dollars or 6.30 percent, respectively," Suhariyanto said.
Suhariyanto explained that the decline in oil and gas imports was caused by the decline in all the imports of oil and gas components, namely crude oil at 3.45 billion US dollars or 37.73 percent, oil yields at 3.96 billion US dollars or 22.50 percent, and gas at 556.9 million dollars US or 18.17 percent.
Over the past 12 months, the highest value of oil and gas imports was recorded in April 2019 with a value reaching 2.235 billion US dollars, while the lowest occurred in March 2019, at 1.5 billion US dollars.
Meanwhile, the highest non-oil and gas import value was recorded in July 2019, which was 13.7 billion US dollars and the lowest in June 2019 with a value of 9.7 billion US dollars.
The import volume from January to December 2019 also decreased 5.31 percent compared to the same period the previous year.
"This condition was triggered by the decline in the volume of oil and gas imports by 16.80 percent (8,267.6 thousand tons) and non-oil and gas by 0.69 percent (849.7 thousand tons)," Suhariyanto said.
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