The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Fri, 07/01/2011
Indonesia recorded a â€œhistoricalâ€ combined export value in May, totaling US$18.33 billion, an increase of 45.29 percent compared with May last year, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) reported Friday.
â€œThis is a new record for exports, compared with the December 2010 figure, which stood at US$16.83 billion,â€ BPS head Rusman Heriawan told a press conference at his office in Jakarta.
Cumulatively, Indonesia's exports values in the January-May period reached $80.28 billion, an increase of 33.37 percent from the same period in 2010.
Rusman said the increase was attributable to the increases in both oil and gas and non-oil and gas exports.
â€œ[In May 2011] non-oil and gas exports reached US$14.22 billion and oil and gas exports US$4.11 billion,â€ he said, as quoted by tempointeraktif.com.
Rusman added that coal and vegetable oil contributed the most to the increase in the non-oil and gas exports.
He also said that China was the top destination for non-oil and gas exports, followed by Japan and the US.
â€œThe total value of exports to China was US$1.81 billion, to Japan $1.53 billion and the US $1.32 billion,â€ Rusman said.