Japan Leads Importers of Bali’s Aquatic Products

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Japan took the lead among 10 importers of Bali’s aquatic products during the first five months of 2013, with a value of US$16.5 million or 37.05 percent of the province’s total aquatic exports.

Japan was closely followed by the United States (25.45 percent), China (10.58 percent), Australia (3.52 percent), Hong Kong (3.16 percent), France (0.72 percent), and Singapore (0.44 percent), reported Head of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) Office in Bali Province Gede Suarsa here on Saturday.

Aquatic exports to the Netherlands accounted for 0.98 percent of the province’s total aquatic exports in the same period, while Britain accounted for 0.47 percent, trailed by Germany at 0.96 percent.

The remaining 16.67 percent of the province’s aquatic exports, with a value of US$33.54 million, for the entire year ending on May 31, 2013, went to other countries, he said.

Aquatic exports from January to May 2013 represent a 16.95 percent increase in earnings compared with the US$38.41 million increase in the same period last year.

The fisheries sector contributed 20.54 percent of the province’s overall exports, which stood at US$216.92 million in the year ending May 31, 2013.

Gede Suarsa noted that fresh and frozen tuna had contributed the most to the country’s foreign-exchange earnings among the eight types of aquatic products exported that year.

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