Egyptian non-petroleum exports recorded $138m, an increase of 19% in 2018, compared to 2017. In contrast, Egyptian imports from Indonesia declined during 2018 to $1.33bn, with a decrease of 7.6%.
Egyptian Commercial Service Office (ECS) head, Ahmed Antar, said that the value of Egyptian exports witnessed a significant increase, including non-phosphate or chemical fertilisers of $42m, an increase of 13%; calcium phosphate and aluminum exports of $28m, an increase of 4.7%; dates exports of $22m, an increase of 60%; and sugar molasses of $15m, an increase of 32%.
Antar pointed out that the value of Egyptian imports from Indonesia decreased to $1.33bn, a decline of 17.6% compared to 2017, attributing this to the decline in imports of several products derived from palm oil, which present 10 products of the top 50 products in Egyptian imports from Indonesia.
Additionally, palm oil exports in its solid form recorded a decrease of $43.7m, with a drop of 47.6%, in addition to natural rubber, which decreased by 6.8%.