RI`s Exports Down 5.92 Percent to $14 Billion in April

Jakarta (Antara News) - Indonesias exports in April fell 5.92 percent to US$14.29 billion from US$15.19 billion in March, due to a slump in non-oil/non-gas exports, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS).

"The decline in exports was caused by a 7.09 percent slump in non-oil/non-gas exports and a 0.35 percent fall in oil/gas exports," BPS chief Suryamin said here on Monday.

He said non-oil/non-gas exports were US$11.66 billion and oil/gas exports were US$2.63 billion in April.

Fat and animal/vegetable oil exports, which plummeted 45.02 percent to US$1.119 billion in April from US$2.04 billion in March, were responsible for the decline in the non-oil/non-gas exports, he added.

The volume of fat and animal/vegetable oil exports in April plunged 47.61 percent to 1.25 million tons, from 2.38 million tons in the prior month, he noted.

"The decline in the volume of crude palm oil (CPO) exports to 7.52 million tons, from 8.27 million tons, also contributed to the drop in the export volume of this group of commodities," he said.

The export of mineral fuels fell 9.7 percent to US$1.86 billion from US$2.07 billion, as a result of a ban on the export of unprocessed minerals, he pointed out.

Jewelry exports declined 23.15 percent to US$339.4 million from US$441.7 million, while crude oil exports dropped 26.71 percent to US$639.8 million.

However, the export of oil products rose 18.31 percent to US$403 million, and gas exports increased 11.32 percent to US$1.59 billion.  (*)
Reporting by Royke Sinaga