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The head of the Indonesian Central Statistics Agency (BPS), Suryamin, said  high imports of oil and gas commodities caused there to be a trade deficit in July of US$2.31 billion.

“The trade deficit was caused by deficits in oil and gas commodities amounting to $1.86 billion and $0.45 billion in non-oil and gas commodities,” he said in Jakarta on Monday

Suryamin also said that the value of Indonesia’s exports in July totaled to $15.11 billion, up by 2.37%  from June, but down by 6.07%  for the same period in the previous year.

“Oil and gas trade volume suffered a deficit of 1.34 million tons but non-oil and gas volume in July had a surplus of 44.21 million tons,” said Suryamin.