JAKARTA. Indonesia's imports fell 4.62 percent in value to US$10.78 billion in April this year from US$11.3 billion in the previous month, the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) said.
"Year-on-year the export value shrank 14.62 percent," a deputy chief of BPS Sasmito Hadi Wibowo, said here on Monday.
Sasmito said oil and gas imports were valued at US$1.36 billion in April down 12.32 percent from US$1.55 billion in March. Year-on-year the imports shrank 41.74 percent from US$2.34 billion, he added.
Meanwhile, imports of commodities other than oil and gas were valued at US$9.42 billion in April down 3.39 percent from US$9.74 billion in March. Year-on-year , the import value shrank 8.46 percent.
"The sharpest fall in imports was for cereals in April 2016 down US$169.4 million or 43.83 percent to US$217.2 million from US$386.6 million in the previous month," Sasmito said attributing the fall to stock being sufficient in the country.
The highest increase in imports ,was recorded for iron and steel materials up US$79.2 million or 34.59 percent higher than imports in March Cumulatively imports in the January-April period in 2016 were valued at US$42.72 billion or down 13.44 percent from the same period in 2015.
Oil and gas imports made up US$5.26 billion of the total import value , down 37.70 percent, and imports of other commodities made up US$37.47 billion or down 8.44 percent year-on-year.
The largest imports of commodities other than oil and gas came from China valued at US$9.65 billion or 25.76 percent, followed by imports from Japan valued at US$4.10 billion and Thailand US$3.05 billion .
"Imports of commodities other than oil and gas from ASEAN made up 22.49 percent of the country's total imports and from the European Union 9.59 percent," Sasmito said.
Editor: Yudho Winarto