Indonesia March Trade Surplus Smaller Than Expected

April 17, 2023, 12.23 PM | Source: Reuters
Indonesia March Trade Surplus Smaller Than Expected

ILUSTRASI. Indonesia's trade surplus narrowed to $2.91 billion in March, smaller than expected.

TRADE BALANCE - JAKARTA. Indonesia's trade surplus narrowed to $2.91 billion in March, smaller than expected, as its exports and imports beat forecasts, official data showed on Monday.

A Reuters poll had expected a surplus of $3.99 billion in March. The resource-rich country booked a surplus of $5.46 billion in February, according to a revised figure provided by the statistics bureau.

Indonesia saw its exports rise to a record high last year on high global commodity prices, but shipments have gradually slowed as prices moderate.

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Exports in March dropped 11.33% on a yearly basis to $23.5 billion, less than the 15% fall forecast in the poll, and compared with a revised February growth of 4.44%.

That still marked the sharpest annual fall since May 2020.

Imports were worth $20.59 billion, down 6.26% from the same month last year, but a smaller drop than the 14.45% decline seen in the poll. Imports fell 4.32% in February.

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