China remains biggest market for West Papua`s exports

China remained the biggest export market for commodities of the Indonesian province of West Papua in 2017, Head of West Papua`s Central Bureau of Statistics Endang Retno stated here on Wednesday.

The province earned US$68.59 million from exporting its commodities to the country in December 2017 alone. Apart from China, Japan and South Korea were two other main export destinations for West Papua`s commodities, she noted.

“The contribution of Japan and South Korea to West Papua`s revenues reached $55.70 million and $47.39 million respectively,” she remarked, adding that the three countries` total contribution reached 96.51 percent of West Papua`s total export value.

Retno pointed out that West Papua`s export value stood at $177.88 million, or Rp.2.4 trillion, in December 2017, of which mineral fuels were the biggest contributor, with total value of $174.19 million.

“Mineral fuels dominate West Papua` export value that increased by 97.93 percent,” she stated.

Besides mineral fuels, this province`s export commodities comprised jewelry, wood and wooden products, salt, sulfur, cement, fish and shrimp, meat and processed fish, soap, and cleaning products.

The province`s exporters transport most goods to the targeted countries through the Bintuni Bay Port, but they also rely on Sorong Port, Soekarno Hatta Airport of Jakarta, Tanjung Perak Port, Manokwari Port, and Sultan Hasanuddin Airport of Makassar, among others.

Retno remarked that West Papua also imported certain commodities, with a total value of $64.37 million, in December 2017. Among countries that exported their goods to West Papua are Singapore, South Korea, China, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, China, and Australia.

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