While it’s normal to see trade data being revised, this typically only involves a couple of million US dollars, tops. This time, though, Indonesia’s April 2024 non-oil and gas imports were revised up by almost USD $850 million, and so Indonesia’s April 2024 trade surplus shrank to USD $2.72 billion (from the earlier reported surplus of USD $3.56 billion). The reason behind this revision was not reported by BPS.

If we focus on Indonesia’s May 2024 trade statistics, then BPS reported a USD $2.93 billion trade surplus. This is another sound trade surplus for Indonesia, and is in line with the country’s trade performance over the past 24 months, or so.

On a month-on-month (m/m) basis, Indonesian exports and imports rebounded in May 2024 after Indonesian trade hit the traditional low amid the Idul Fitri festivities (a week-long national holiday in Indonesia).

But before we delve into the latest trade statistics of Indonesia, let’s first take a closer look at the international trade environment.

International Trade

It is possibly interesting to take a quick look at the first Global Supply Chain Forum (GSCF) that was organized by the United Nations Trade & Development Conference (UNCTAD) in Barbados, on 21-24 May 2024. The GSCF brought together a variety of people, including industry leaders, policy makers and experts to discuss and address challenges and opportunities in the global supply chains.


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