Padang, (Antara Sumbar) - West Sumatra Statistics (BPS) recorded imports number of that that province on February 2017 decreased 1.45 percent or it just archieve a total value about US$44.25 million.
Head of Provincial Statistics, Sukardi in Padang here, on Saturday (March 18) said West Sumatra import value reached US$44.85 million on January 2017 and it decreased to US$44.20 million on February 2017.
"But it is still dominated by a group of mineral fuels," he said.
He said the greatest imported product on February 2017 are mineral fuels which amounted to US$40.33 million. Then US$1.75 million of furniture and home lighting and US$0.88 million of salt, sulfur and lime.
Meanwhile, the largest country of import supplier on February 2017 is Singapore which amounted to US$27.49 million. Then Malaysia US$13.06 million, South Korea US$1.75 million, Oman US$0.88 million and Sweden US$0.61 million.
He said the imports from Singapore provided a role which amounted to 75.84 percent and Malaysia 13.06 percent from total imports of West Sumatra on February.
Sukardi added the imported product which passed through Teluk Bayur harbour reached US$42.43 million and in Minangkabau International Airport US$1.77 million.
Besides, Deputy Senior Governor of Bank Indonesia, Adityaswara Mirza said the exports and imports of Indonesia today have a deficit.
If rupiah is too strong, it will caused the cheap cost of the imports so that domestic production will decrease.
"As a result, the import will be greater deficit and exports became uncompetitive," he added. (cha/ri)
Editor: Vicha Faradika