Lampung`s exports to Japan fall

Bandarlampung, Lampung (ANTARA News) - Lampung province`s exports of several non-oil/non-gas commodities to Japan fell following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in the country.

As a result of the natural disasters, Lampung`s exports to Japan dropped to US$24.98 million in March from US$30.99 million in February, the chief of Bank Indonesia`s office in Bandarlampung, I Made Subaga Wirya, said on Sunday.

Many Japanese buyers canceled orders for export commodities from Lampung a few weeks after the tsunami devastated northeast Japan, he said.

Yet Lampung`s exports to Japan in the first quarter of 2011 grew 19.59 percent compared to the same period last year, he said.

Lampung`s exports to Japan included coffee, tea, spices, vegetable and animal oils, fish, shrimp and rubber.

Japan was the fourth biggest market for Lampung`s exports, contributing 11.2 percent of the province`s overall exports in the three months through March.

The United States took the lead, buying 13.46 percent of Lampung`s export commodities, followed by India with 13.6 percent and China with 11.76 percent.

Lampung`s exports in the first quarter of 2011 were dominated by animal/vegetable oils, contributing 24.3 percent of its overall exports, followed by coffee, tea, and spices 21.93 percent. (*)