Posted on February 23, 2014

The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics released the preliminary report on foreign trade statistics  for December, 2013. The report highlighted the following points:

  • The trade balance in December,2013 showed a surplus of QR 33.9.
  • The Trade Balance has a decrease of QR 2.6 billion (7.0%)  compared to December, 2012.
  • Total exports of merchandize (included re-exports) in December,2013  amounted to QR 43.3 billion showing a drop of 2.6% compared to December,2012.
  • On the other hand, imports of merchandize in December, 2013 amounted to QR 9.4 billion, recording an increase of 17.8% compared to December, 2012.

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The main imported goods were:

  • Motor cars and other motor vehicles for the transport of persons (excluded public transport vehicles and buses), followed by floating docks  for drilling and production (extraction of oil and gas), and aircraft spare parts. The major countries of origin are: China with 10.1% of total imports, United States 9.7%  and  Singapore  with 9.6%.
  • Exports of petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals (crude) in December, 2013  showed an increase of 6.6%  compared to December 2012.
  • Exports of petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals (not crude) as well as petroleum   gases and other gaseous hydrocarbons  recorded a decrease of 5.8% and 2.4% respectively during December 2013 in comparison with December, 2012.
  • The major countries of destination are: Japan with 33% of total exports; South Korea, 15%; China and India, 11% each.

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