JAKARTA - Indonesia's exports surged 20.43 percent year-on-year to US$4.92 billion in January, according to the central bureau of statistics (BPS). BPS chief Sudarto Suerbakti attributed the increase mainly to a 15.6 percent increase in the exports of commodities other than oil and gas to $3.73 billion in January from $3.22 billion in the same month in 2002.
Exports in February rose only 2.47 percent from December. The country's oil and gas exports rose 38.18 percent to $1.195 billion in a year in January. Meanwhile, the country's imports surged 38.91 percent to $2.9 billion in January year-on-year, but increased only slightly from imports in December.