Kingdom’s non-oil exports increase by 21%
July 1, 2010
The value of Saudi non-oil exports in March 2010 totaled SR 11.41 billion [$3.04 billion], rising 21% from SR 9.43 billion [$2.51 billion] in March 2009, according to the latest report from the Central Department of Statistics and Information (CDSI) issued yesterday. Petrochemicals topped the Kingdom's exports, accounting for SR 3.59 billion or 31% of exports, followed by plastic products with 30% of exports valued at SR 3.39 billion [$905 million].
The total value of Saudi imports during the same period was SR 29.98 billion [$7.99 billion], a 1 percent increase. The main imported commodities were electrical machines and equipment, transport machines, foodstuffs, petrochemicals, plastics and pharmaceuticals. The United States came in first as the Kingdom’s biggest source of imports, followed by China, Japan, Germany, and India. China topped the list of importers of Saudi goods, followed by the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Qatar, and India.