Bali’s imports from China more than tripled to US$115.2 million in the first half of this year from US$27.2 million in the same period last year, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) office in Bali.
“It is reasonable that imported goods from China including capital goods, raw materials for small industries and various types of motorcycles flooded this tourist destination,” Ketut Mudiarta, a marketing officer of a motorcycle agent, said on Sunday.
It came as no surprise to hear that Chinese goods had flooded the Balinese market as most motorcycles sold in the province were imported from China, he said.
The same was also true with Chinese electronic products such as laptops, mobile phones and accessories which were sold much in Denpasar city.
The BPS office said Bali’s imports in the first half of 2014 reached US$162.7 million, a 65 percent increase compared with US$98.4 million in the same period last year.
The office noted that US$115 million of Bali’s imports in the first half of 2014 came from China, and the rest from the United States, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and other countries.