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Jakarta Post

Slow global recovery hits Indonesian exports

  • Adrian Wail Akhlas


Jakarta   /   Wed, September 16 2020   /  01:00 am
Heavy-laden: A man returns from fishing as a tugboat pulling a coal barge passes by in Banda Aceh, Aceh, on April 26. The country’s coal exports have declined amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AFP/Chaideer Mahyuddin)

Indonesia failed to continue an upward trend in monthly exports in August as slow global economic recovery reduced demand for the country’s products. Southeast Asia’s largest economy recorded US$13.07 billion in exports in August, down 4.62 percent compared to July and down 8.34 percent annually, as the pandemic upended global demand, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Tuesday. The country recorded month-on-month (mom) export growth in June and July after contractions in April and May, during which Indonesia implemented strict movement restrictions. Exports of oil and gas products fell 27.4 percent year-on-year (yoy) to around $610 million in August, while exports of mining products decreased 24.7 percent yoy to $1.39 billion due to falling commodity prices. At the same time, shipments of agriculture products rose 1.04 percent yoy to $340 million as manufactured...