JAKARTA. Non-oil and gas commodities contributed the most to Indonesia's trade balance surplus as of September, which amounted to US$ 3.42 billion. With this achievement, it means that Indonesia has recorded a surplus for 31 consecutive months, from May 2020 to September 2023.

The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded a trade balance surplus in September 2023 of US$ 3.42 billion. The surplus increased by US$ 300 million from the surplus in the previous month. On the other hand, the September 2023 trade balance surplus is lower compared to the September 2022 surplus of US$ 4.99 billion.

Acting Head of BPS Amalia Adininggar explained that the trade balance surplus was contributed by a surplus of non-oil and gas commodities. "The non-oil and gas commodity surplus in September 2023 was as much as US$ 5.43 billion," said Amalia at a press conference, Monday (16/10) in Jakarta.

However, the oil and gas balance recorded a deficit of US$ 1.92 billion, with crude oil and oil products contributing to the deficit. (AM/LM)