Jayapura, 1/7 (Jubi) – Papua’s total imports reached 81.39 million dollars in May, the Central Bureau of Statistics said. Oil and gas imports accounted for 32.65 million dollars and non-oil were at 48.74 million dollars, the bureau said.
The largest import was diesel fuel, valued at 25.37 million dollars or 31.17 percent, followed by lubricants, worth 6.46 million dollars, or 7.94 percent.
“Imports of diesel fuel in May 2014 were from Taiwan and Singapore,” head of the Papua Central Statistic Agency (BPS), Didik Koesbianto, told reporters in Jayapura on Tuesday (1/7).
He said the cumulative imports from January to May 2014 Papua were 428.31 million U.S. dollars or up to 99.41 percent compared to total imports from January to May 2013.
“The increase occurs in both oil and gas imports due to rising diesel fuel imports amounted to 88.50 million dollars, as well as the main non-oil imports because of rising import machinery or Aircraft Mechanic (HS84) amounted to 78.04 million dollars. Papua trade balance in January-May 2014 experienced deficiency of 242.32 million dollars, “he explained.
Meanwhile, the value of non-oil imports of 10 major groups in May 2014 stood at 45.68 million dollars or down 13.85 percent from the previous month which amounted to 53.02 million dollars.
“Non-oil imports of the other groups in May 2014 fell 38.36 per cent compared to its value in April 2014 to 3.06 million dollars. Other non-oil groups with the largest share in the form of soap and cleaning preparations with a value of 0.82 million dollars, “he said.
In the same place, head of BPS Distribution, Adriana Robaha said, from January-May 2014, the non-oil imports of 10 major groups worth 274.14 million, which was up 108.18 million compared to the same cumulative value in 2013.
The increase was caused by a rise in the value of imports in almost all the major classes of non-oil ranged from 0.03 million dollars on Chemicals Metals (HS28) to 78.04 million dollars on Machinery and Mechanical Appl (HS84).
“Non-oil imports of 10 major groups contributed 64.00 percent to the total imports from January to May 2014. Meanwhile, non-oil imports of other groups in January-May 2014 amounted to 22.91 million dollars. This value increased to 7.01 million dollars than it was in January-May 2013, ” Adriana Robaha said.
In May 2014, Imports from main countries were of 64.60 million dollars.This value was lower than it was in April 2014 that amounted to 65.06 million dollars.
The largest import is from Australia which 44.38 percent of HS84 group. The value of imports from other countries in May 2014 was amounted to 16.79 million dollars. “This value increased by 9.32 million dollars than it was in April 2014 that only 7.47 million dollars,” he said.
He added, the cumulative imports of the main countries from January to May 2014 valued at 373.61 million dollars or up to 173.02 million compared to the same cumulative value in 2013. The increase also occurred in the value of imports from other countries into 54.70 million dollars, of 14.19 million in the same period the previous year.
“Singapore’s import gave the biggest share reaching 36.74 percent which was 55.47 per cent of them in the form in which imported diesel fuel. The next biggest shares come from Australia (27.61 per cent) and USA (17.04 percent), “he said. (Jubi / Alex / Tina)