"But in the same month the year earlier, the imports declined 43.04 pct, as the January 2011 imports were worth 20.37 million US dollars", head of the Bali Central Board of Statistics (BPS) Gede Suarsa said in Denpasar Monday.
He said in the meantime the February 2012 imports were worth 15.1 million US dollars, a 30.11 pct increase from those in January 2012 or up 77.22 pct from February 2012 with 8.5 million US dollars.
The imports in the first two months of 2012 came from Thailand 21.76 pct, followed by Singapore 17.86 pct, Hong Kong 11.44 pct, China 7.26 pct and the US 11.35 pct.
Gede Suarsa said further that the main import commodities included mechanical products 31.06 pct, jewelry 1.3 pct, power equipment 9.23 pct, leather goods 2.59 pct, motor vehicles 2.59 pct, and others 3.13 pct.
Gede Suarsa also said that Bali`s imports mostly comprised production equipment with a much lower value compared to Bali`s exports worth 44.06 million US dollars in the same month.
In the meantime, the imports had been declining in value while on the other hand the foreign exchange earnings from the exports of various commodities continued to increase, giving a positive impact on the life of the people and local economic growth.
Bali`s exports included products of small and household industries, fishery and marine products, Gede Suarsa said.