RIYADH- The total value of non-oil commodity exports of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was up in March by 12.5 % to (19,249) million Saudi riyals, compared to the same period of the previous year, while the value of imports fell by 9.1 % to (51,198) Saudi riyals in the same period of previous year.
In its monthly statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Central Department of Statistics and Information (CDSI) said that the percentage of the Kingdom’s non-oil exports amounted to (37,6 % ) of the total value of imports during this period of previous year.
It said that the exports of chemical industry products and related came first with a total value (6,277) million Saudi riyals representing (32,61 %) of the total value of non-petroleum accommodates exports. Plastics and rubber and their products ranked second with a value of (5,890) million Saudi riyals by (30,6%) while transport equipment and parts thereof occupied third place with a value of (2,098) million Saudi riyals (10,9 %) of the total value of exports.
Moreover, the machineries, equipment and electrical appliances and parts thereof ranked first in terms of imports totaling (12343) million Saudi riyals representing (24,11 %) of the total value of imports and the transport equipment and parts thereof occupied second with a value of (9,798) million Saudi riyals by (19,14 %). Base metals and their products ranked third with a total value of (6,334) million riyals by (12,37 %).
The CDSI pointed out that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) topped the list of countries to which the Kingdom exports while the United States of America ranked the list of countries from which the Kingdom imports.
Also, the UAE ranked first in terms of the value of non-petroleum exports by (13,80 %) of the total value of export and China came in the second place by (11,42 %), followed by Singapore by (07,68 %).
In terms of imports, the United States of American occupied first place by (13,17 %) of the total imports, followed by China (12,08 %) and then by Germany (07,1%).-SPA