KUCHING: Sarawak recorded an export value of RM116.67bil last year compared with RM108.4bil the previous year, an increase of 7%.
Sarawak Matrade (Malaysia External Trade Development Corp) director Leany Mokhtar said according to figures released by the Statistics Department recently, the state’s export value was RM103.63bil in 2012.
She said natural gas and manufactured goods dominated Sarawak’s main exports, representing 64.59% of total exports last year, followed by petroleum and petroleum-related products at 24.85%.
“Others included other fixed vegetable oils, fluid or solid, crude, refined or purified (8.4%), veneers, plywood, particle board and other wood (4.92%), and non-ferrous metals (2.8%),” she said.
She said Japan remained Sarawak’s major export destination, accounting for 45.52% of Sarawak’s export value.
This was followed by Peninsular Malaysia (18.56%), South Korea (12.45%), Taiwan (9.87%) and China (7.9%).
Asked to elaborate on Sarawak’s cross-border trade with Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia, Leany said Sirikin and Tebedu were the two main border points, with major trading items comprising food, beverages and tobacco, inedible crude materials, mineral fuels/lubricants, animal and vegetable oils, chemicals, manufactured goods, machinery and transport equipment.
She said the department figures showed that in 2013, Sarawak’s exports worth RM19.224mil entered Indonesia through Serikin, with another RM171.365mil passing through Tebedu.
Between January and June last year, RM10.056mil worth of Sarawak’s exports passed through Serikin and RM49.681mil through Tebedu. – Bernama