JAKARTA, Aug 14 (Reuters): Indonesia's trade surplus is expected to show an expansion in July after the government imposed mobility restrictions to control a spike in Covid-19 cases, squeezing exports and imports, a Reuters poll has showed.
South-East Asia's biggest economy has been enjoying an export boom on the back of high commodity prices, allowing for a trade surplus every month since May of 2020.
The median forecast of 10 analysts in the poll was for a July trade surplus of $2.27 billion, up from the previous month's US$1.32 billion.
Export growth of 30.20%, on an annual basis, was forecast.
While high commodity prices still supported shipments, the estimated increase would be the lowest since February and below the more than 50% growth rate recorded between April to June.
Imports were seen shrinking on a monthly basis, but up 52.15% annually due to a low base effect.
"We expect a wider trade surplus from the previous month as imports recede following the July lockdowns in Java," analysts with Citi Indonesia said.
Some economists have said high commodity prices and a global economic recovery will likely allow resource-rich Indonesia to book big export earnings for the remainder of the year, but imports may take a hit as Covid-19 curbs imposed since July dampen domestic demand. - Reuters