Bali Exports Rise 30%
DENPASAR ~ Exports from Bali increased 30 percent in the first two months of the year compared to the same period a year ago, according to the Indonesian Association of Handicraft Exporters and Producers.
Leading the most exported items was furniture, association chief Gede Arjawa said.
â€œFurniture … is very popular and is mostly exported to Pacific islands and Europe,â€ he said.
However, high transportation costs were a problem for exporters, he said, causing Bali to fall behind Vietnam and China in volume sent abroad.
Arjawa said a direct shipment from Bali to Singapore would cost less if it did not have to go through Surabaya, and pointed to Benoa Harbor in southeast Bali as a possible solution.
â€œIf this route were rearranged, we would not be spending so much money on delivery. We want Benoa Harbor to be utilized; we think it has all the necessary facilities,â€ he said.
â€œWe must keep our investors informed about Benoaâ€™s potential. Currently, there are 3,000 containers available for export. In 2004, there were only 1,500 containers available per month,â€ said Arjawa.
From January to February this year, exports from Bali totaled $33.1 million, against $25.6 million for the first two months of 2006, according to government figures.Filed under: